James R. Manke

  • Born: June 6, 1924
  • Died: June 13, 2017
  • Location: Columbus, Wisconsin

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Columbus, WI 53925

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Tribute & Message From The Family


James R. Manke, 93, of Columbus passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus. The Rev. Tim Schwartz will officiate. Interment take place at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus.

James was born on June 6, 1924 to Herman and Nettie (Schmidt) Manke in the township of Arlington, Wisconsin. On June 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to Rachel H. Voigt at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.

James was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed attending farm shows, reading and traveling, especially to Alaska. He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.

James will be remembered for having a kind soul and he never spoke a bad word about anyone. James loved his family dearly.

James is survived by his children: David Manke of Waupun; Phillip (Susan Oliver) Manke of Anchorage, Alaska, Peter Manke of Columbus, and Lois (Mark) Reese of Fort Wayne, Indiana; his grandsons: Bryan (Mignon) Reese of North Carolina and Daniel Reese of Fort Wayne; his granddaughter Megan Reese of Fort Wayne; his great granddaughter, Lily. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rachel in 2007, his daughter Mary Manke; his brothers: Herbert, Raymond, Herman, and his sister Marian Dobratz.

Memorial donations may be directed to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the Senior Helpers of Madison.


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Dear Dave, Phil,Susan,Pete,Lois and Mark,
I feel so lucky to have known your Dad and all of you through my employment at SeniorHelpers. I assisted Jim for two years and thoroughly enjoyed being at the farm. I really liked doing exercises with your Dad and helping him with his daily needs. It was a true privilege to assist him. My grandfather was a farmer and I tried to talk with your Dad about the crops, tractors and of course the birds and wildlife of which I loved as he did. I have often thought of Jim since I moved closers to my folks. We lost my dad 3 months after I quit SeniorHelpers but felt good that it enabled me to assist my mother with my father's cares before he died.
May your sweet memories and faith in Our Lord carry you through this difficult time.
With prayers and special thoughts
Linda A.

Posted by Linda Aumann - Mukwonago, WI   June 15, 2017

Posted by Bryan Reese - Durham, NC - Grandchild   June 14, 2017


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