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Former President, Leroy McAninch Passed Away April 19, 2012

Salina Journal
Lloyd Leroy “Mac” McAninch, 94, of Salina, passed away April 9, 2012, in Prairie Village. He was born Aug. 25, 1917, to Lloyd McAninch and Ruth Kroger McAninch, of Zeandale. He was married to Vera Mowery on Dec. 24, 1939, in Salina. They lived in Kansas City and moved to Salina in 1953. To this union were born three daughters, Mary Kay (Gary) Scott, of Wamego, Patricia Ann (William) Edison, of Wichita, and Janet Lee (Charlie) White, of Wamego. Vera preceded him in death Oct. 17, 2000. He was married to Janis Newman, of Prairie Village.

Mac, as he liked to be called, was an entrepreneur. He was involved in the grain fumigation business, flour services and enrichment, defatting of wheat germ, and the oil and gas business. He founded Research Products and McShares.

He attended Zeandale Grade School and Manhattan High School and graduated from Kansas State Agriculture College, with a degree in cereal chemistry. While in high school and college, he played saxophone in a dance band. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Mac enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and was passionate about golf. He felt like he was the luckiest man alive because he achieved four holes-in-one in his lifetime. He loved to travel, visiting many foreign countries. He enjoyed splitting his time between his homes in California, Colorado and Kansas throughout the year. Fall was reserved for K-State football, which he enjoyed.

He was a very generous man, both with his love and his assets. Many organizations that were dear to him benefited from his benevolence. He was most kind and loving to his family, his mother and to friends.

His keen understanding of business put him on many boards, The First National Bank of Wamego and Wamego Bancshares, LaQuinta Country Club, Salina Country Club, Asbury Hospital, Sunflower Bank, Kansas State University Foundation, Salina Presbyterian Church and many more. He generously gave of his time and wisdom.

Mac and Vera took time to visit his grandchildren and included them in many of their travels. He helped many of them learn to swim in his pool. He was always interested in their families and his great-grandchildren.

Left to celebrate his life: his wife, Janis; his daughters and their husbands; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; two stepdaughters and a stepson and their spouses; stepgrandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of his love of business, his alma mater and his desire to enhance business leadership, memorials may be sent to the L.L. McAninch Chair of Entrepreneurship of Business Administration, in care of Kansas State University Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave., Manhattan 66502. This chair was established in 1990 by his wife Vera and their daughters and spouses to honor his living commitment to excellence in business.

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