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Dr. Manuel Guzman
June 1, 1927 - October 21, 2017

Dr. Manuel Guzman, 90, of Salina, passed away Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Manuel was born June 1, 1927 in Colima, Mexico, the youngest of eight children to Severiano Guzman Moya and Lucia Nava Guzman. He married Gladys Cuellar on June 2, 1956, in Tulsa, Okla.

Born and raised in Colima, he graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Medical School in Mexico City, Mexico in 1954. He began his medical career and did his residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tulsa, later that same year. He became a citizen of the United States in 1969. He received his Graduate Medical Degree in psychiatry from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan., in 1970. He worked at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Chicago, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social Hospital, Mexico City, Mexico, Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, and Topeka State Hospital, Topeka. He was the Psychiatric Director of Central Kansas Mental Health Center, and One North of the former Asbury Hospital, Salina, in 1974 until he retired in 1992.

Manuel was an artist and accomplished musician. He played piano, organ, marimba, guitar, mandolin and accordion. He played all instruments by ear and was the most gifted at playing the piano. He enjoyed traveling internationally, especially to Mexico and once retired, he tutored elementary through college students and adults in Spanish.

Manuel is survived by a brother, Alejandro Guzman of Mexico City; daughters, Luci Larson (David) and Gloria Guzman both of Salina; sons, Tony Guzman (Paulette), of Wichita, and Andy Guzman (Avi), of Overland Park; grandchildren, Amanda Baker (Matt), of Republic, Mo.; Danielle Querry (Dino), of Blue Springs, Mo., Angela Larson, of Salina, Alex, Marta and Matthew Guzman, of Wichita, and Carlos, Joey, Hannah and Lina Guzman, of Overland Park; great-grandsons, Ethan and Noah Baker, of Republic, Mo., and Dalton Querry, of Blue Springs, Mo.; and many loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Gladys Guzman, who died Oct. 21, 2007, 10 years ago to the day. Also, an infant daughter; his parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

Visitation will begin at noon, with family receiving friends from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, with a vigil service at 5:30 p.m. at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Celebration of Life will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Salina. Cremation will take place after the service with interment at Calvary Hill, Dallas, on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

Memorials may be made to: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, or Salina Community Theatre.