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William Louis Mahnke (June 12, 1883 - October 6, 1971)

The Lusk Herald
October 14, 1971

William Mahnke Dies; Funeral In Lusk Monday

William Louis Mahnke, 88, died October 6 and funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 11, at Peet Mortuary.

Dallas Swisher of the Jehovah Witness Church in Casper officiated at the service and burial was in the Prairie View Cemetery near Lost Springs.

Russell Olmstead sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "God Be with You Till We Meet Again" accompanied by Mrs. Edna DeCastro, organist.

Casket bearers were Allen Heins, Allen Hineman, Harry Brown, Richard Kant, Ed Rogina and Dan Miles.

Mr. Mahnke was born June 12, 1883, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Frederick and Katherine Mahnke. He was father to seven children, two by his first marriage and five children by his marriage to Jessie Rinsma.

Mr. Mahnke homesteaded in Wyoming in 1913 near Keeline and worked on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad until his retirement. Eight months ago he moved to Michael Manor Nursing Home in Douglas where he died.

He is survived by one sister, Ruth Holtz, Sioux City, Iowa; three sons, Franklin, Keeline, Henry, Denver, Colo., and Arthur, Lusk; three daughters, Helen Clemens, Erie, Colo., Margaret Briscoe, Dayton, Wyo., and Katherine Swan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His mother, father, four sisters, two brothers and one son Frederick died previously.

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