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Robert L. Manka

Robert L. Manka
July 13, 1941 -  December 20, 2018

Robert L. Manka age 77 of Fremont
Promoted to Glory on December 20, 2018

Robert was born July 13, 1941 in Fremont and was raised in Fremont by his parents Annabelle and Wes Manka. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1959. He worked for a short time at Campbells Soup then began a long career as a firefighter first in Fremont, then after retiring he served as Chief in McCook. After his ‘second’ retirement Robert worked several different jobs in Fremont before finally retiring.

Robert was married to Sally Wimmer Manka, they divorced, he then married Helen Roush on August 19, 2000. Robert loved antique cars and riding his BMW motorcycle. Robert was a soldier in the Salvation Army and sang in the choir for at the First United Methodist Church.

Wife – Helen of Fremont
Children – Debbie (Steve) Riley of Fremont
Michelle (George) Laufer of Fremont
Step-children – William Houser of Ogden, Utah
Janice (James) Dickey of Ogden, Utah
John (Adrienne Burke) Houser of Clinton, Utah
David (Melissa) Houser of Pensacola, Florida
Siblings – Maynard (Linda) Manka of Fremont
Ben (Jean) Smith of Tucson, Arizona
Roberta (Dale) Rader of Tucson, Arizona
Barbara Buckles of Tucson, Arizona
Rick (Linda) Smith of Santa Clara, California
John (Lynda) Smith of Tool, Texas
Randy (Elizabeth) Smith of Temple, Texas
Rosalyn McLeod of West Point, Mississippi
Marvin (Kari) Smith of Boise, Idaho
David Smith, Hayden, Colorado
13 grandchildren – Jessica, Shane (Meagan) & Shelby Riley; Dylan and Ryan Laufer,
Austin Houser, Erin (Chase) Wilson, Janet Houser, Montie & Christina Dickey,
Madeline, Maxim and Chloe Houser
Great grandchild – Fox Wilson

Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral will be 11am, Friday December 28 at the First United Methodist Church in Fremont, Captain Stephen Hansen, Salvation Army Corps Officer will officiate. Lunch to follow with burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Elkhorn following the lunch. Visitation will be Thursday from 3pm to 8pm with the family present from 6pm to 8pm at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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