Robert E. Manges

robert manges
Robert “Bob” E. Manges, age 93 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in New Hampton, IA with Pastor Candy Carey officiating. Burial will be ay New Hampton Cemetery in New Hampton. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 PM on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, IA and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday. Online condolences for Bob's family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Robert Eugene Manges was born on April 30, 1924, the son of Harley and Ada Manges in Gilbert, IA. At the age of four his family moved to Hollandale, MN and then to Albert Lea. At the age of 15, Bob began working as an apprentice at a jewelry store in Albert Lea. In1943, Bob left to service his country in the United States Army during WWII. Bob fought during the Battle of the Bulge and the First Occupation in the European Theater, returning home in 1945. Upon his return home, Bob attended and graduated from Kansas City School of Watchmaking in Kansas City, MO. He worked a year in Rochester before taking a job with Jensen’s Jewelry Store in New Hampton on June 19, 1950. It would be December of 1950 when Bob met the love of his life, Jane Snyder on a blind date. The couple were united in marriage on January 4, 1953 at United Methodist Church in New Hampton. Jane and Bob made their home in New Hampton where they raised their son, Steven. On October 1, 1973, they purchased the jewelry store and moved it to its current location in 1976. Bob worked in the jewelry industry for over 80 and enjoyed every minute of it. Outside of the store, Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golf, fishing, antique and gun shows. In his younger years, Bob took professional dance lessons on roller skates. Though slowing down in his years, he had the honor of receiving a Quilt of Valor for serving his country and was able to tour Washington D.C. with an Honor Flight. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Jane Manges of New Hampton, IA; his son, Steve (Deb) Manges of Waterloo, IA; his grandchildren, Troy (Harat) Manges of Terrell, TX, Tonya (Ben) Collins of Blue Earth, MN, Jeremy (Marcia) Treichel of Clive, IA, Shawn (Krissy) Treichel of Newberg, IN, Karisa Treichel, IA, Cody Dewater and Jennifer (Tim) Newell, all of Waterloo, IA; several great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Sandra Schueth of New Hampton, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Henry, Kenneth and John; two sisters, Lois and Mary and three brothers-in-law, Elmer, Alan and Don.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to you Jane and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with Bob when I came into the store for his help. Bob is now in Heaven with the angels watching over you but I’ll miss not stopping in your store to see you both. Take care and God Bless you, Linda Stolfus

  2. Bob was just the best at fixing watches and jewelry. I’m going to miss having him in the store to take things to. My sympathy to Jane and his family.

  3. I will miss Bob and his legacy of being the jeweler on the corner. He was a true jewelry craftsman. My husband bought my diamond in 1980 and we bought wedding rings in 1981. At my request, Tom never bought me another diamond. Yet every time I went to the jewelry store to get my diamond checked for prongs, he & his wife , Jane, treated me like I was a frequent buyer of jewelry. Both were always accommodating and told me when my ring would be finished. Never more than a day or 2 . As years went on, I saw him frequently walking on the sidewalks around town. Even if he was a little stooped or looked like it might be painful to move, he never quit! What a great business man! My sympathy to Jane and family. Rosie Deutsch

  4. Jane & family, Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of Bob’s family. Bob was such a
    wonderful man and so easy to visit with. He will be missed by many in this community.
    May he rest in peace.

  5. Our deepest condolences to your family. It is never easy to say goodbye, so we say until we meet again. 🙂
    We have so enjoyed walking into your jewelry store anytime we needed a repair or to buy our wedding band set! Bob will truly be missed.

  6. Our sympathy to Jane and family. Bob was dedicated to his business and always took care of our wants and needs. We always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace.
    Russ & Angie Laures

  7. There has never been a more pleasant man on this earth. It breaks my heart to see him go. Dave and I will miss him. All our thoughts and prayers to all his family. David and Jeanne Roder

  8. To Jane and family, our deepest sympathy. Bob was one of a kind, I always knew Bob would do the best he could on anything I brought in to him for repair. I think we still have an anniversary clock with you. Sending prayers for all and hope you all have a good day. Bob is at rest. Jack and Betty

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Jane and family. Bob was a true gentleman and always fun to visit with. God bless, Ron and Kris

  10. Please accept my deepest sympathies to the entire family. May God bless you all during this time of sorrow.

  11. Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandpa. He was such an important part of Main Street. A good man and business leader.

  12. Jane and Family, our deepest sympathy to all. Bob was such a kind and gentle individual he will be missed by all who knew him. Tom and Ruth Bernatz

    1080 KELLY DR.

  14. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jane and your family during this time of sorrow and the days ahead. May Bob rest in peace.

  15. We send our sincerest condolences to Jane and Steve. Bob was such a great guy. He always had a smile and a very warm welcome for me. Love and prayers, Tylee and McCauley families

  16. Jane, sending my sympathy for the loss of your life partner! Bob was truly a gentleman and I very much enjoyed my monthly visits to your store. He is at Peace after a very long struggle. God Bless you and your family. Jean Huegel

  17. Jane, Steve & Family, Dan & I are so very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Always enjoyed our conversations in the store. Bob would always be busy behind his counter working with his magnifying glasses on & peaking over to chat. Sad another great New Hampton icon is gone. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Dan & Peg Testroet

  18. Our sympathy to Jane and family. He was the best watch and clock man around. His smile will be missed by many.

  19. Jane, Steve and family, Jack and I were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Jack said he had a great visit with you both before we left for Florida. Bob definitely was always one of Jack’s favorite clients and appreciated your and Bob’s loyalty over the years. We are so sorry to have missed his services but we will be visiting you as soon as we return. In the meantime, please know we are thinking of you. God’s blessings on you at this difficult time. We will truly miss this sweet man as we know you will as well.
    We send hugs to you 🙏
    Jack and Nancy

  20. I would drive from Minneapolis to have Mr. Manges look at, advise on, and repair my jewelry. I will miss you. Peace to the Manges family.

  21. Jane, Our sympathy to you and your family. We were so sorry to hear of his death. He will be in our hearts and prayers. We have many happy memories in dealing with you and Bob. Deepest Sympathy. Floyd & Faye

  22. Hello Jane, I saw in the paper that Bob had passed. I am so sorry and I send my
    condolences to you and your son. I remember what a great man he was and so friendly
    Your old classmate, Norma . Allen Holanchock

  23. Richard & Mary Jo
    Words can never express the wonderful feelings we hold dear to our hearts of Bob Manges. After driving 1100 miles to come back home to visit, Bob was always in the shop behind his desk diligently working on a project, but never too busy to stop and come out with Ma and spend some quality time with us Coloradans. We shared lots of golfing memories, and always got our warm hugs before leaving. We pray for each of the family members and hope as time goes by, the Lord will give each of you comfort.

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