Manuel A. Reyes
May 4, 1938 – March 4, 2018
Manuel Reyes, co-founder and publisher of Dos Mundos newspaper passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, succumbing to pancreatic cancer after a short illness. The lifelong Kansas Citian and longtime civic leader would have turned 80 on May 4.
Mr. Reyes leaves his wife, Clara Rodriguez Reyes of 54 years, daughter, Diana Reyes Raymer, son, Edward Reyes of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Susan, his spouse, and seven grandchildren.
Besides his immediate family, Mr. Reyes is survived by one brother, cousins, an uncle, many, many friends and employees of Dos Mundos and Reyes Media.
Mr. Reyes was born in Kansas City, Kan., on May 4, 1938. He was the second of four children of Joseph Reyes and Mary Mejia. His father worked in an ice plant; his mother was chiefly a homemaker who worked for a short time in a meatpacking house.
Mr. Reyes graduated from Westport High School in 1957 and later studied graphics communications at Johnson County Community College.
Before starting the region’s first English-Spanish newspaper in June 1981, Mr. Reyes worked first as a sales representative and then as a welder.
In recognition of his efforts as publisher of Dos Mundos, Mr. Reyes has received such honors as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Hispanic Publications; the Top 100 Hispanics in the Media by the Hispanic Media Association; a special achievement award from the National Association of Hispanic Publications; and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City’s Small Business of the Year Award.
An avid community booster, Mr. Reyes was active in civic engagement. Over decades, he was involved with groups that include Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Westside Business Association, American G. I. Forum, National Federation of Hispanic Owned Publications, Fiesta Bullwhacker Days Olathe Ks., the Westside Fountain Committee and more. He co-founded the Southwest Boulevard Business Association.
For his many contributions to the community over a lifetime, Mr. Reyes has been the recipient of numerous awards. Among those are the Guadalupe Center’s I. Pat Rios Award, the Greater Kansas City National Hispanic Heritage Committee’s Community Service Award and with his wife, Clara, the Jackson County, Mo.’s Legacy List of the 175 most influential builders of Jackson County.
A memorial mass will be held on Monday, March 12 at 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 8311 W 93rd St., Overland, Park, Kan. 66212
- Memorial Mass Service Monday, March 12, 2018
Manuel A. Reyes
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March 7, 2018
Manuel Reyes was a real amigo with the biggest heart that I had the pleasure of knowing. Men~o (pronounced Men-yo) was a fun personality who loved to talk, and always had a big smile, and an even bigger laugh. When I worked at Reyes Media Group I enjoyed having a "cafecito" in his office while he would stroll me down memory lane telling me about all the interesting people (and countless friends) that he had the pleasure of meeting in his life. He always had a smile on his face as he shared photos of he and his wife Clara with Carlos Santana, Vicente Fernandez, Cookie Rojas, Joe Montana, Rita Moreno, and many others. It was my honor to know this Gentleman, and I will miss him dearly. Un verdadero Caballero!<>A real Gentleman!
Gene and Juanita Chavez
March 6, 2018
Manuel was always kind and considerate to me and my wife Juanita who had the privilege of teaching the Reyes grandchildren at Oak Park/Carpenter Elementary School . The last time I saw him was at the Primotivo Garcia 50th year celebration. He was taking photo shots of the program. It seem so natural to see up there snapping photos--that's what he did so often at important events.
Manuel will be missed, but remembered as a kind, considerate friend!
May God give to you--his loving family, peace of mind, heart and spirit.
Gene T. and Juanita Chavez
March 6, 2018
My deepest sympathies. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Manuel and his whole family are in my prayers. Loving hugs to Clara and to all of you.
March 6, 2018
Worked with Manuel @ Kwiki Car Wash Systems in the 60's, he was a welder & I was the office mgr. He was a super guy & will be missed by his many friends.
March 5, 2018
Very sorry for loss of Manuel. I have enjoyed Dos Mundos newspaper for many years,also the very musically talented Reyes family members at various events, God bless you all. John Fogarty,Jr. Merriam KS