Patrick Jay Manley

June 1, 1956July 4, 2018

Patrick Jay Manley of Kansas City, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at the age of 62. Pat was the devoted and loving father of Aaron Manley, cherished son of the late Maxine and Frank Thomas and respected member and brother of the I.A.T.S.E. Local 31. Pat had just recently retired as the steward of The Midland Theater and had previously served as both the elected Business Agent and President of the I.A.T.S.E. Local 31. Proving his passion and dedication for more than 39 years to maintaining excellent standards and always ensuring the show would go on. Pat was a friend to everyone he met, from the countless tours that graced his stage, to the many local brothers and sisters and venue employees he saw come and go throughout his illustrious career at The Midland Theater. He was happiest when he was on stage or caring for his dogs, Moose and Franco, but mostly when he was spending time with his best friend and son, Aaron. Pat was loved and respected by many and will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. A celebration of Pat’s life and accomplishments will be held on Monday, July 16th at The Midland Theater, 1228 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. Doors will open at 5:00pm. A celebration service will be held at 6:30pm, followed by an open house reception until 10:00pm In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be sent to KC Pet Project or Midwest Music Foundation in memory of Patrick’s name.


  • Frank Thomas Manley, Father
  • Maxine Manley, Mother
  • Aaron Manley, Son

  • KC Pet Project
  • Midwest Music Foundation


  • Celebration of Life Monday, July 16, 2018

Patrick Jay Manley

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Julie Kurtz-Ayers

July 11, 2018

When I moved to Arizona 12 years ago the one place I loved to work was the Midland. I knew I had to leave a mark to remember so my lip prints are there. They took me under their wing as one of only a handful of women in the business in 1986. They taught me the right way to do everything. Frank Thomas made sure they did when the elephant ramp came down we did everything safe. When Pat took over he usually sent me with the late Jim Suellentrop because he trusted Jim to teach me. He was a great teacher. Pat also a great teacher,boss,coworker & friend. Called him Smokey the bandit as when I met him he drove the trans am that looked like that car! He will be missed & may he rest with those local 31 men & women who passed before him & continue shows in heaven!