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Residents celebrate 20 years at Presbyterian Manor

John and Patty Landes are the original residents of their townhouse.[/caption]

John and Patty Landes were so sure they wanted to move to Salina Presbyterian Manor that they signed up for their townhouse before it was even built. That was about 20 years ago, and the Landeses have felt at home here ever since.

“It used to be that the people in all the courts would meet over at the gazebo,” Patty said. “Now we all get together up at the big building. It’s just like a neighborhood -- everybody cares for everybody.”

John and Patty aren’t what you would call homebodies, either. They had an RV from the time their three daughters were small and traveled all over North America. After the girls were grown, they added cruises to their itinerary, exploring places from Alaska to Mexico to Europe. They’ve crisscrossed Canada from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.

“You have a lot of good memories after you’ve done those trips -- and a lot of good videos for everyone to watch,” Patty said.  

Traveling was a nice break from their work as business owners. John and Patty ran a group of gas stations with their firm, the Landes Company, and later got involved in vending, coffee and food service, and even owned an apartment building.  

The Landeses became snowbirds, going to California to escape the harsh winters on the plains. Eventually they bought a condo in Palm Desert, but when their home back in Kansas sold, they decided to return. They thought about buying a duplex in town, but Patty had her eye on Presbyterian Manor. It was a familiar place, after all -- John had served on our advisory council in the 1980s and ‘90s. And his parents moved here in 1991.

“They took good care of them here,” John said. “They had a hard time adjusting. They built their dream home and lived in it for 40 years. But they did adjust, and I think they enjoyed living here.”

John has even reprised his advisory role -- he now serves as chairman of the resident council. Patty is active with the Stitch and Pray group -- and she enjoys going on the casino trips. And with their daughters nearby, in Salina and Great Bend, they enjoy spending time with their family, especially as the holidays near.

Patty said she’s glad they moved while they were still so active. It was a good place for John to recover when he had heart surgery -- he bounced back well enough to do Bike Across Kansas the following year. “In my opinion, people should come a little earlier,” Patty said. “I think if you come too late it’s harder.”

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