Clinton Maness, retired superintendent of Wentzville School District, died of a stroke Friday (Oct. 6, 2000) at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County. He was 75 and lived in Imperial. Mr. Maness worked in the Wentzville district for more than 10 years, serving first as middle school principal and assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent. He retired in 1981. He received his bachelor's degree in music from Central College in Fayette, Mo., in 1949 and later did graduate work in education at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. His first teaching job was as a band director at a school in Liberty, Mo., where he was later an elementary school principal. He served three years in the Army during World War II and received two Purple Hearts before his discharge in 1946. He was a former member of the Rotary Club in Wentzville. Among the survivors are his wife, Shirley Myers Maness of Imperial; a daughter, Peggy Stokes of Lathrop, Mo.; two sons, Peter Maness of Kitchener, Ontario, and Mark Maness of Houston; two stepdaughters, Jeannie Brockman of Ladue and Janice LaZear of St. Ann; a stepson, Robert Jackson of Imperial; a sister, Wanda Evans of Williamsburg, Va.; a brother, Arthur Maness of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; six grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, 5375 Southwest Seventh Street, Topeka, Kan. 66606.