Gawith retires from PCC after 11 years

30 July 2020

Pratt Community College maintenance staff member, Kenneth Gawith, retired from PCC after working here for 11 years.

"I've enjoyed every bit of it," said Gawith. "I've enjoyed all the people and I like when the kids come back to campus."

Gawith was born in Cloud County, Kan. Gawith and his family then moved to Ottawa County when he was in the third grade. He then continued his schooling in Delphos and graduated high school from Delphos.

After Gawith graduated from high school, he was up for the draft and joined the Navy. Gawith attended basic training in San Diego, Calif. After basic training he lived in Key West, FL. In 1965 Gawith had orders for Vietnam. Originally, his wife and he had plans to get married in June of that year, but they moved their wedding date to May 26th. Gawith then went to Vietnam for one year. After Vietnam, he came back and lived in Long Beach, Calif.

After Gawith was out of the Navy, he and his wife moved to Concordia, Kan. In Concordia, Gawith began working for Boguards, a meat cutting facility. After working at Boguards Gawith and his family lived in Junction City, Kan. for four years, McPherson, Kan. for four years, and Salina, Kan.  

Gawith then farmed for 11 years, moved to Hutchinson, Kan. and worked as a meat cutter, before moving to Pratt. Gawith has lived in Pratt for 33 years. Before working at PCC, Gawith worked for Dillons for 39 years.

At PCC Gawith was a groundskeeper for six years, then moved to the maintenance staff where he worked primarily in Beck, Porter and Wojchiehowski Halls. Gawith then moved to tend to Chandler Hall.

"I decided it was time to retire and enjoy it," said Gawith.

"It's been a pleasure working with him," said Petz. "He has been a dependable, loyal employee." 

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