Robert Manke, age 74, of Cambridge died October 15, 2015 at home. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 20th at Cambridge Lutheran Church. A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 -7:00 P.M. Monday, October 19th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel and also one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
Robert George Manke, 74, died on October 15, 2015 at his home on Spectacle Lake. Bob was born in Princeton, Minnesota on March 12, 1941, the only son of George and Freda Manke. His life was marked by two great loves: his wonderful family and Spectacle Lake, where he grew up and lived most of his life.
Bob attended grade school at the Pine Brook Schoolhouse and then graduated from Cambridge High School in 1959. He attended St. Cloud State and graduated with a teacher’s degree in 1964.
On May 25, 1963, Bob married Carol Chalstrom of Dalbo, Minnesota. They resided in Minneapolis where he worked for Phillips 66 Petroleum Company as a sales representative and they had their first son, Jeff. Bob and Carol moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where Bob became a district manager for Phillips 66. While in Grand Forks, they had their second son, Shawn.
In 1969, the family moved from Grand Forks to their present location on Spectacle Lake, where they took over running Manke’s Resort from Bob’s parents. During this time, Bob worked for International Harvester as a sales representative; and then, in 1976, he became a district manager for Melroe Bobcat. In 1979, Bobcat recognized him as Man of the Year for the Melroe Division, and in 1991, he was honored again by Melroe as Advertising Man of the Year for outstanding performance in coordinating advertising programs among Bobcat dealers. He retired from Melroe after 23 years of service in 2000.
Throughout his life he was an avid sportsman and fisherman, enjoying hunting and fishing trips. Bob and Carol also traveled extensively through the United States, Mexico, and Europe with family and friends.
Manke’s Resort was a well-known destination for decades. Bob and Carol made many lifelong friends while running the resort with their family. Bob was a caring man who had a special place in his heart for the kids that helped at the resort and his grandchildren who learned how to socialize and contribute to the family business.
Bob is survived by his son Jeff and his wife Shelly, his son Shawn and his wife Mary, grandchildren Sam, Kalie, Sydney, and Lucas, and his many, many friends. He was so proud of them and their many accomplishments. He will remain in their memories forever.
Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol, and his parents, George and Freda Manke.