Robert J. Manley

March 5, 1920 - March 16, 2006

Robert J. Manley, 86, of Hartland, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital surrounded by family members.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia (nee Hancock); his children, Kathleen Smith of Mayville, Geraldine Baran of Waukesha, Robert Jr. of Sabina, Ohio, Peggy Mesick of Sullivan and Debra Elger of Pewaukee; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Dorothy Stacey of Waukesha, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II, including seven months in the European Theater. He is a member and past vice-commander of Flanagan-Dorn Post 294 of the American Legion and of Marshall-Johnson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5158. He was also a member of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

After the war, Manley operated a bulk oil business in Hartland and then North Prairie until 1964. That year, he and Patricia started a 31-year proprietorship of Manley’s Tap, a popular family tavern on West Capitol Drive in Hartland, until his retirement in 1995.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 20 at the Evert-Luko Funeral Home, 170 Warren Avenue, Hartland. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the time of the services. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Legion/VFW color guard and firing squad. The Evert-Luko Funeral Home, (262) 367-2156, is assisting the family.