Emanuel F. "Manny" Befort, 90, Ellis, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society, Ellis.


He was born June 5, 1930, in Hays to John A. and Agnes A. (Kuhn) Befort. He was a 1948 graduate of Ellis High School.


He married Darlene (Haas) on May 24, 1955, in Ellis.


He owned Western Home Improvements in Ellis and retired from Pepsi in 1995. After retiring from Pepsi, he took care of St. Mary Cemetery in Ellis and did maintenance for Henry Schwaller & Associates of Hays for 18 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.


He was a member of St. Mary Church, Ellis and a 3rd degree Ellis Knights of Columbus member.


He was an avid woodworker.


Survivors include his wife, Ellis; three sons, Steve Befort and wife, Stacy, and John Befort and wife, Kim, all of Ellis, and Bill Befort, Lee Summit, Mo; three daughters, Sherry Payne and husband, Tom, Hays, Kathy Zerfas, Ellis and Tammy Rudd and husband, Casey, Bucklin; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herman and Alvin Befort; and four sisters, Lioba Honas, Mary Weber, Tina Honas and Ruby Seidel.


Services were Nov.14, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in St. Mary Cemetery.


Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Cemetery Fund or St. Mary Church.


Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements.


Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com