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John H. Manken, Jr. passed away June 20, 2017 in Athens, Texas at the age of 65 years due to a long illness.
John was born in urphysboro, Illinois on May 15, 1952 to mother Ruby Werner and father John H. Manken.
He is proceeded in death by his mother, Ruby Werner and father John H. Manken and a son, Chad Covington. John was a welder for Missouri Pacific Railroad in his younger days. He moved to Texas in 1983, and resided in Caney City where he managed Caney Cove Park for 15 years as park manager, and then later moved to LaRue, Texas.
John enjoyed riding his John Deere tractor, and could be seen on it up to three weeks before his passing. He loved his family, and was always a great host to many get-togethers in his home. He loved carpentry, and was always building new items. He was also known for his great gardens, and sharing his produce with others. he was a Christian, and attended Country Chapel Church of LaRue, Texas.
John is survived by: his beloved wife of 32 years, Charlene Manken of LaRue, Texas; his daughter, Angela Swanson and son-in-law Erik Swanson of Arlington, Texas; son John H. Manken, III; and daughter-in-law Krystal Manken of Corsicana, Texas; son Wesley Covington of LaRue, Texas.
John had many grandchildren, including: grandsons Daniel Ater, Jayden Manken, Garrett Shurman, Dylan Ravenstahl, Rusty Rogers and Landon Copas; granddaughters Hegan Manken, RileyCovington, McKenzie Rogers, Katie and Ashley Swanson and Rylee Gazaway.
John is also survived by: two sisters, Marcy Baker, brother-in-law Ken Baker, who resides in LaConner, Washington; and Linda Jobe, who lives in Sikeston, Missouri; two brothers, Jim Manken, sister-in-law Donna Manken, and brother Joe Manken and sister-in-law Mari Manken, all from Fernadina Beach, Florida.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Country Chapel Church in LaRue, Texas. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Foster and Pastor Jimmy Davis.
Published on June 29, 2017
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