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Roger B. Manley

April 30, 1928 ~ August 23, 2018 (age 90)

Roger passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 90. Over the past week he reminisced about fun times during his life. His wife, Mildred was at his side, holding his hand. They were married for 63 years. They met in a San Francisco boarding house in 1954.  Mildred had just moved in and Roger invited her to sit down for dinner at his table.  It was his 26th birthday.  She obliged and after dinner he invited her for a cocktail to celebrate.   Roger said recently, if he hadn't stolen that kiss from Mildred on the stairway in their San Francisco boarding house their lives would have turned out very differently. Roger was born in Fargo, ND.  He lost his mother Margaret when he was four years old. His father, Bernard, made a tough decision to send Roger to live with his Aunt and Uncle.  He grew up in Four Buttes and Scobey, Montana living with his Uncle Emil and Aunt Lulu on their farm.  Lulu and Emil, who couldn’t have children, raised him and loved him like their own son.  After completing his degree at Carroll College in Helena, Montana he joined the army in 1951 and served two years at Fort Ord. His platoon was ready to deploy to Korea when the group was asked if anyone could type. Roger had learned to type in high school at the Assumption Abbey in ND and was the only one who raised his hand. He ended up working in a JAG unit for two years. After the Army, he moved to San Francisco and joined TICOR in a management training position and had a 40-year career in the title insurance business. Over the last 25 years they both enjoyed living their retirement in Prescott, AZ., Carson City, NV. Sonoma, CA., and finally Monterey. His favorite pass time besides seeing his family was gambling and enjoying a good steak with a Brandy Manhattan!  He was a fun guy and enjoyed life to the fullest! The last few days he reminisced about growing up on their small farm in the shadow of Four Buttes, Montana. There was a creek that ran through their farm and he would walk it routinely with his dog Pal. He walked that creek many times the past few days!  We will all miss you but know you are resting in peace now. Roger is survived by his wife Mildred, their three sons, Roger Michael and wife Carolann, Kevin and wife Nancy, and David (Colleen d.), his six grandchildren, Kelsey, Chris (Alexa), Colter (Maranda), Hannah, Hayley, Brian (Shannon) and four great grandchildren, Isla, Greta, Sage, and Markie Jo.   His children are very grateful for the care he received from Pam and Laura from the Hospice of the Central Coast, from his caregivers Marilou and Kay, Dr. Kubica, and the staff at Merrill Gardens. 

 

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