Franklin Wesley Manes was born on the family farm in Atchison County, Missouri, on June 17, 1929, the son of James Herschel and Orpha Katherine (Sherman) Manes. Frank entered into peace at his homestead on October 17, 2021, at the age of 92 years.
Frank’s early years were spent in the community of Northboro. He graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1947. He enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and served for 29 years, before his retirement in 1989. Frank was united in marriage to Joyce “Darlene” Armstrong on August 20, 1950, at the Northboro United Methodist Church. The couple resided in the Northboro, Shenandoah and Blanchard communities during the course of their marriage.
Frank was a true steward of the land, having worked in agriculture his entire adult life. He also worked seasonally for Earl May and drove a school bus for Westboro/Tarkio Schools. He was a member of the Blanchard United Methodist Church, the American Legion and Tarkio Valley Antique Tractor Association. He had a true passion for farming, tractors, attending tractor shows, corresponding with other tractor enthusiasts and reading. Before his retirement, he could often be seen helping to park cars and direct traffic at various Shenandoah community events. Frank’s friendliness, wisdom and advice will be missed by many.
He was welcomed into his eternal home by his parents, his wife Darlene, and his sister Kleyla Macracken. Those left to cherish his memory include his children, John (Robyn) Manes, Debra (Paul) Slater and Julie Manes; grandchildren, Regan Slater, Ryan (Christi) Slater, Lauren (Jordan) Goettsche, Evan Slater, Taylor Manes, Colby (Amber) Manes, and Jade Manes; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of good friends.
Memorial graveside services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the Union Grove Cemetery with Phil Wing officiating. Military honors were conducted by the Shenandoah American Legion Color Guard. Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Veterans Museum or the Tarkio Valley Antique Tractor Association. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingston.com. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements.