Robert L. Mannfeld

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Robert L. Mannfeld

88, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on February 4, 2013. He was born on August 11, 1924, in Indianapolis. He was the son of Robert Frank Mannfeld and I. LaVonne (Larrison) Mannfeld. He married Lois Anne Long of Bloomington, Indiana on Oct 7, 1956.

He was a Registered Professional Chemical Engineer, consultant, and inventor. Bob retired from Eli Lilly and Co where he was involved for 38 years in process development, plant design and construction and operation of various plants for the manufacture of both mammalian and biosynthetic insulin and antibiotics.

In his youth he was active in the Boy Scouts earning the Eagle Badge with palms and the Fire Crafter level in camping activities. Bob was a member of the first graduating class from Thomas Carr Howe High School. He was a WW II veteran, having been drafted into the Navy after several semesters at Purdue University. He received a congressional appointment to the Midshipman's School at Columbia University where he received his officer's commission. He left active Naval service in 1946 and was discharged from the Naval Reserves as a Lt. (jg) in 1956. Upon leaving the Navy, he returned to Purdue University where he graduated with degrees in Science and Chemical Engineering. Bob loved to run and earned major letters and won medals in track and cross country during his high school and college years. He was a member of the "P Men's Club" at Purdue.

Bob was a member of the Indiana Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, where he served as President of the Board of Trustees for many years. He also was a member of AAAS, ACS, AIChE, Tau Beta Phi, Alpha Phi Omega, Omega Chi Epsilon, the Masons, and the Scottish Rite. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Lois Anne Mannfeld; sister LaVonne Bastnagel (Bill); two sons, James (Susan), and David (Christine); and five grandchildren, Jennifer, Robert, Julie, Jordan, and Rachel.

Services will be held Saturday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Flanner & Buchanan - Broad Ripple . Visitation will be held on Friday, February 8, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 7, 2013
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