Hillside Funeral Home West

2929 West Thirteenth Street, Wichita, KS


Maurice E. Roberts

9 abril , 19287 agosto , 2019

Maurice E Roberts, a longtime resident of Manhattan, KS passed away on Wednesday 08-07-2019 at the Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. Maurice was born 04-09-1928 in Bentley, KS and was the son of Ernest and Mildred ( Miller) Roberts Abston. There he spent his childhood together with his siblings until they moved to Halstead. In 1946 he graduated from Halstead High School and joined the Army serving during WWII in Italy. 1950 – 1952 Maurice served in Korea. 1952 he got his BS degree in Education with Major in Speech and English. From 1957 – 1961 he taught in Iowa and in Topeka . In 1961 he moved to Manhattan, KS and taught at Manhattan High School until 1977. Maurice always loved birds and cats. In 1977 he started raising birds for himself and selling them to bird lovers. He still had 2 cats and 7 birds at his home. In 1999 he met his partner Wolfgang Mey from Germany. They traveled in the USA and Europe. He volunteered for 20 years for Riley County Senior Service Center. Maurice is survived by: 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Monday, August 12, 2019. Service: 2 p.m. Monday, August 12, both at Hillside Funeral Home West. Burial 4 p.m. at Halstead (KS) Cemetery.


  • Wolfgang Mey
  • Mike Brenneman
  • Ralph Abston
  • Larry Abston
  • Tom Roberts
  • Brad Roberts


  • Visitation lunes, 12 agosto , 2019
  • Funeral Service lunes, 12 agosto , 2019


Maurice E. Roberts


Sharon Sherwood

12 agosto , 2019

Maurice I am so sorry I didn't get by to give you another hug. I remember when I got one of your birds for my Granddaughter and she named it Maurice. You will be missed.
My brother was in the Wizard of Oz and this last 2 years at Meadowlark I filled his room with pictures and music from that play. It meant so much to him. You are loved.

Betty (Seltzer) Drake

11 agosto , 2019

Mr. Roberts was one of those stand-out teachers who stay with you for your entire life. I was able to visit with him when I was back in Manhattan for my 50th high school reunion. I have especially fond memories of the Wizard of Oz, when he and Clyde Watson, the art teacher, conspired to create a stupendous set and costumes. I'm still in love with theater! Thank you, Mr. Roberts!!

Harry Simpson

11 agosto , 2019

Rest Maurice, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Pat Howard

11 agosto , 2019

My maiden name was
Pat Fair and I had Mr. Roberts for a teacher in high school. He was the one teacher that made me feel I was worth something and helped me come out of my shell. I was in several of his productions while in school, and that helped me achieve self esteem. I proceeded to go on to college and major in theater, but never did anything with it but ended up teaching 33 years with special needs kids trying to give them the same ego boost that Mr. Roberts gave me.
Thank you Mr.Roberts! You made me who I am today.
Bless you!
Pat Fair Howard

Richard Broadhurst

10 agosto , 2019

I could take up several pages expressing my love and deep appreciation for Maurice and what he has meant in my life. I saw him just this past June when he came to a reading of a new play of mine. (He always came.) His last words to me, as he left were: "You're a great writer, Rick. Don't EVER give up." I won't, Mr. Roberts. I owe you that and so much more. P.S. Should you need anything Wolfe please don't hesitate to contact me.

Becki Johnson

10 agosto , 2019

It was just last week that I chuckled to myself about the three years Mr. Roberts let me take his drama class in High School. I loved those classes. I wasn’t a very good actress. But Mr. Roberts put up with Kent Glasscock and my shenanigans during that time. We used to laugh until we cried daily. We had so much fun. Poor Maurice ,just sat in the back of the class nodding his head.
He always acted like he believed in me. He encouraged me to try harder, love the art.
So sad to hear of his passing. I will remember his warm smile and compassion for goofy students.

Marcia Murphy

9 agosto , 2019

I was in his classes 1968-1970, was looking forward to trying to connect at the 50 year reunion next summer.😢

Pam Henton Goracke

9 agosto , 2019

I took classes from Maurice from 1969-1972 not because I was a talented actress but because I took 1 class as a freshman to fill in a needed class and fell in love with him, his kindness and his love for teaching! I saw him some years back and was shocked that he remembered me and always asked my mom about me! He was a wonderful man and heaven will be a better place with him in it! God bless you Mr. Roberts! You will be missed! 💙

Cheryl Thompson

9 agosto , 2019

Wolfe I am so sorry to hear about Maurice's passing. You all were a great neighbors to my mom and dad. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. He will be missed.