Arthur Alvin Manke
May 23, 1944 - September 22, 2013
Arthur and his twin brother were born in Modesto, California on May 23, 1944 weighing together a total of 19 pounds and 3 ounces. Art passed away at the age of 69 on September 22, 2013 after a 4-year battle with cancer.
He attended Washington Elementary, Franklin Elemen- tary, Mark Twain Junior High, Modesto High, Modesto Junior College, Bethany Bible College in Santa Cruz and Stanislaus State College in Turlock.
In 1963, Art joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and served for 6 years. He was stationed aboard the USS Gresham, a search and rescue ship, at Ocean Station November.
He and Phyllis Olson were married October 7, 1966 and had two children. Art built Christian radio station KAMB in Merced, California, was the chief design engineer for Marantz Stereo, and designed sound systems for major casinos in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, as well as prisons, university auditoriums, and his favorite, large churches. He started Manke Instruments in 1972 and designed and manufactured portable speaker systems, wireless microphones, and mixing consoles.
Art's real love was ministry and he served in churches as a youth pastor, college/career pastor, music pastor, and senior pastor. He also had a heart for outreach and traveled the west coast with Phyllis and their young children, ministering in week-long Kids Krusades. Later in life, he and Phyllis started Mobile Park Ministries (mobilepark.org), pastoring churches in three mobile home parks.
Arthur is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Melodee (John) Voth, son Mark (Geri) Manke, grandsons Ethan and Ezra Voth, twin brother Arnold Manke, sister Eleanor Mensonides, and brother Fred Manke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Martha Manke, and sister Dorothea Manke.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Oct. 6, 2013