Robert E. Manges
April 30, 1924 ~ March 9, 2018
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 www.conway-markhamfh.com. 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.