Joseph Barton-Dobenin, a long-time professor at Kansas State University whose Czech roots led to the city’s sister-city relationship with a city in that country, died Dec. 19, in Weslaco, Tex. He was 92.
During a visit to his native land, Mr. Barton-Dobenin identified the city of Dobrichovice as a logical candidate for a sister-city relationship with Manhattan.
In 2006, city commissioners formalized that relationship, eventually leading to exchange visits and to the construction of a display at the southwest corner of City Park heralding that relationship. The display includes the Czech and American flags.
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They said Joseph had a great love for education and teaching his students how to be successful in business during his time as a professor of management at SU.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, gardening and his wonderful hunting dogs. Most of all, Joseph was devoted to his wife, Elizabeth.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Barton-Dobenin of Weslaco, Texas; his sister-in-law, Milena Barton-Dobenin; and many nieces and nephews.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Libuse Novack; brothers, Cyril Barton-Dobenin and George Barton-Dobenin; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Dorothy York, Robert and Joy York, Florene and William Hyberger, Helen and Keith Engelbart; sister, James York; and father Paul York.
Memorial services were at 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Manhattan. The burial followed at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
Funeral services are under the direction of Henry Thomae Funeral Home, 701 N. Bowie, San Benito, Texas. (956)399-9992.