Robert Manning

Robert Henry Manning

Friday, August 14th, 2020 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Robert Henry Manning (Bob) of Hood River, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. He was born on August 14, 1929 to Katharine and Meredith Manning of Flushing, New York.

Bob’s family moved to Ft. Dodge, Iowa as he began high school and he graduated from Ft. Dodge High School before attending Drake University in Des Moines, IA to earn a Bachelor’s degree in music. He later attended the University of Southern California where he received a Master’s degree in music.

Bob married June Gibbons on April 14, 1951 in Des Moines, IA. The Mannings were married for 59 years before June preceded Bob in death on October 22, 2010. Bob is survived by a daughter, Layne Manning, of Vancouver, Washington and two granddaughters, Katrina Gemmel of Portland, Oregon and Gwyneth Eames of Vancouver, Washington. He is also survived by nephews Jim (Coleen), David (Viki), Steve (Paula), David (Candy), Dale (Jennifer), Drake (Kris) and niece Christi (Mark). Bob’s youngest daughter Nancy Lynn died in 1971 at the age of 14. His brother Bill Manning of Missoula, MT passed away earlier this year on March 13 at the age of 86 and his sister-in-law Nancy still lives in Salinas, CA.

Bob devoted his life’s work to music education, teaching band and orchestra, as well as mathematics at several schools in the Kern County, CA area, including many years at East Bakersfield High School. In 1969, the Manning family moved from Bakersfield to San Jose, CA where Bob taught in the music department at San Jose State University for the remainder of his career. In addition, Bob served as principal bass in the San Jose Symphony and conducted church choir at Trinity Methodist Church in Bakersfield and Stone Presbyterian Church in San Jose. Bob also taught numerous regional orchestras, private bass lessons, and at summer music camps.

In 1998, the Mannings moved to Mosier, Oregon to be nearer to their daughter and granddaughters in Vancouver. They made their home on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River where they were inspired daily by the spectacular views and incredible wildlife.

Bob was an active member of Riverside Community Church in Hood River. He occasionally conducted the church choir and belonged to the Men’s Group and participated virtually during COVID 19. Bob was dedicated to his family and his love of God. He was a proud and supportive father and a loving grandfather to his two granddaughters, often a willing playmate in their flights of imagination. He loved completing Sudoku puzzles and did several each day throughout his life. Prior to June’s death, Bob provided loving care for her in their home during five years of being wheelchair bound. During their earlier years they loved to travel: to the coast, to visit family, to camp and fish, and to Europe to explore great art, music and theater.

Bob was buried on August 17, 2020 at Our Lady, Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Salinas, Calif. with June and next to his daughter Nancy’s grave. Graveside service was offered by celebrant Tim Willis.

Arrangements under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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Kim Vogel

Posted at 02:38pm
I hold many memories of Bob in my heart, especially how he always stood up with a big smile when I came over to “give him a big smooch” every Sunday before church. We had many difficult conversations but we always left hugging. He felt close enough to me to ask me to pick up his meds once during the COVID shut in. I was honored that he would call. I will miss him greatly.

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