Manning, Robert Willard

Written by ECA Review

Oct. 10, 1930 – Nov. 28, 2017
Bob was born in Hughenden, Ab. passed away in Hardisty, Ab. and called the farm near Amisk, Ab. home.
He was a quiet and private man with his family, farm, and friends meaning everything to him.
Participating in sports was important in his younger years, playing hockey or curling and baseball as the seasons dictated.
He remained a sports fan, especially for the CFL, cheering on the Edmonton Eskimos to the end.
Bob also had a wonderful, subtle sense of humour, enjoying seeing and sharing the lighter side of life with a smile, roll of the eyes or a rise of his bushy eyebrows.
Resourceful in his youth, he often trapped and hunted to obtain hides to sell. Early photos are a testament to his success, especially one season where he was able to purchase a watch with the proceeds.
On Feb. 28, 1953, he married Arlene Abrassart and soon after they started a family. Bob began a career selling insurance, but an accident to his father meant he was needed full time on the farm.
He was able to make use of the welding course he had taken in Edmonton to repair the farm machinery.
Bob is survived, loved and very much missed by Arlene, their daughter Connie Kraft (Gordon), son Kevin Manning (Cindy), grandchildren Niki Pettifor (Dave), Travis Manning (Tanya), Tracy Whidden (Malcolm), and Tiffany Davis (Kent) and his brother Donald Manning (Shirley).
Bob looked forward to and delighted in visits from all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren Layla, Ethan, Lizzie, Paige, Addison, Alivia, Isaiah, Hayden, and Josie.
He was predeceased by two infant sons and his parents, Erol and Algerene Manning.
A family graveside service will be held at the Amisk Bethany Cemetery in the spring.

Quietly remembered every day,
 Sadly missed along life’s way.
No longer in our lives to share,
 But in our hearts, you’re always there.

Memorial donations in Bob’s memory would be welcome to the Hardisty Hospital Auxiliary, the Amisk Bethany Cemetery, the Hughenden Firefighter’s Association or a charity of your choice.
Hardisty Hospital Auxiliary, Box 158, Hardisty, Ab. T0B 1V0; Amisk Bethany Cemetery, Box 41 Amisk, Ab. T0B 0B0; Hughenden Firefighters Association, Box 231, Hughenden, Ab. T0B 2E0.

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