For the next few days I am going to put some things on my blog for family and friends who could not make it to the memorial service we had for Bob. Today I have the poem and picture from the little folders we gave out at the service. I still have some if anyone wants one. I also am posting the obituary.
A Cowboy's 23rd Psalm by William Kruse
Since the Lord Himself is my trail boss,
I’m pretty well taken care of.
He sees to my grazing and water rights
and all the other needs of a maverick like me.
He watches so that nothing bothers me much
And keeps me well rested, for those hard times.
He scouts the way ahead and leads me down the best trails.
Even when the lightning strikes and the herd stampedes
and I’m scared to death of dying, I’m not crippled by those fears
Because, Lord, I know You’re riding herd. And that’s a comfort, that is.
Then You go and throw a shindig for me and invite the whole county;
even those who think I’m a scoundrel.
And right there, in front of everybody, You pat me on the back and treat me like I’m someone special.
You’ve got me drinking from my saucer, because my cup has overflowed.
Since I’ve been branded by Your mercy and grace, those two will chaperone me my whole life.
When the long, long drive is over and we’re on the home range, I’ll be back in Your House, with You,
Where I’ll just linger forever in Your presence and in Your love. I sure will.
Marianne wrote the obituary and Matt Shuler read it at the service. You both did a great job!
Robert E. “Bob” Manville as he was fondly known lived a full life. His life’s passion was spending time with those he loved and working with his cattle and on his ranch. His quick wit and the twinkle in those blue eyes put people at ease and let them know they were loved even as he teased them. He was a hero and a true cowboy. On May 19, 2014 after a courageous battle against cancer, Bob went home to be with the Lord.
He was born in Walden Colorado on April 26, 1936 to Harry Manville and Marjorie (Forbes) Manville. He was raised on the family ranch the only boy with four doting sisters. Bob attended North Park High School where he graduated in 1954. He attended Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University) majoring in animal nutrition. He was active in the Greek System and served as president of his Acacia Fraternity. Upon his graduation from college, Bob entered the United States Army. His service was cut short when his father’s health necessitated his return to the family ranch.
In November of 1959, Bob married the love of his life Penny Tyler. They raised their 4 children on the ranch. Bob was very involved in his children’s lives actively supporting: NPHS Sports, Cheerleaders, FFA, and 4-H. He loved kids so much that he hosted many exchange students and was well known for “adopting” troubled kids and making them “just part of the family”. Over the years, many kids from town, relatives, and boys from all over the country came to work as ranch hands during the summer and were mentored by Bob.
Bob was service oriented and believed that it was integral to being part of a community. He served on many committees including the Soil Conservation Committee. He was active in the North Park Stock Growers Association serving as its president and was awarded Stock Grower of the Year. He also lobbied for cattlemen on the state and national level. He served as president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association from 1982 -1983. He was on the National Western Stock Show Board of Directors, as well as judging, and exhibiting there. He was elected as a County Commissioner and served Jackson County from 1980-1984. He was an active member of the National Christmas Tree Committee.
Bob loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed a number of trips to Canada to indulge. He loved to fly and was the co-owner of a small plane for many years. He traveled the world as an ambassador for the American Cattlemen. He was among the first Americans to travel to China in the 1970s. He also traveled to Africa, Egypt, and Singapore as well as all over Europe.
In his semi-retirement, Bob lived in Owyhee and Wendover, Nevada during the school year. He tried his hand working at a casino and found he liked playing the slots more than tending them. He also did a stint as a long term substitute teacher and was voted “Teacher of the Year” by the students. But every summer he returned to his beloved cabin where he would ride herd over his beloved grandchildren and other friends and family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Penny Manville; his sisters, Jane Crocket (Jack), Carol Jean Wofford (Bill), and Barbara Ann Tyler (Tip); his children, Marianne Manville-Ailles (Pat); Carla Jean Shriver (Jim), Jeanette Jones (Ozzie), and Daniel Manville (Kathi); and his 13 grandchildren and 5 great granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions; 319 South Wilson St.; Casper, WY 82601 or Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley; PO Box 883415; Steamboat Springs, CO 80488.
To leave your favorite memories of Bob sign on to www.bustardsfuneralhome.com and sign the on-line guest book.
Tomorrow I intend to have the eulogies written and read by two of our grandchildren. They have fond memories of their Grampa from the many summers they spent with us at the Manville Cabin "summer camp"! There is also a slide show put together by Carla to look forward to!
Note: The obituary on the funeral home webpage is done beautifully with a picture in the background and music! Check it out!