August 17, 1931 ~ October 17, 2019 (age 88)




Funeral services will be held for Ruth Ann Mahnke, 88, at 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Reverend Jakob Berger officiating.  Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Ruth Mahnke former resident of Keeline, Wyoming residing at the family ranch until the death her husband and then moved to Douglas where she resided at Irwin Towers until she passed on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Central Wyoming Hospice Home in Casper, Wyoming.

She was born Monday, August 17, 1931 in Lusk, Wyoming the daughter of Charles Edwin and Verna Hulda (Baars) Humphrey.  She attended grade school at Node, Wyoming and graduated from the Niobrara High School in 1945 at Lusk.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, attending church both in Lusk and Douglas.  She married Dan R. Mahnke on November 15, 1948 in Torrington, Wyoming.  She was the post mistress at the Keeline Post Office for several years and designed floral arrangements at Stark’s Flower Shop in Douglas.   

She loved to garden and raised beautiful roses and flowers.  When she left the ranch, she began quilting more and made several beautiful quilts for family and wall hangings which she hung on her door for every season. 

She had several quilts entered in the Wyoming State Fair, winning blue ribbons along with one quilt that hung in the State Capital in Cheyenne.

She is survived by her children, Charles Mahnke of Puyallup, Washington, Tracy (Gail) Mahnke of Lusk, and Nancy (Allen) Wintermote of Douglas; five grandsons, Michael Chad Sears, Tom Wintermote, Chad Wintermote, Wade Wintermote, and Travis Mahnke; six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her father, Charlie, on June 27, 1982; mother Verna, on July 31, 1981; husband, Dan, on August 16, 1995; son, Douglas Richard Mahnke, on February 26, 1981; and sister, Dorthy Arlene Porter, on January 2, 2012.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Sears, Chad Wintermote, Wade Wintermote, Todd Wright, CB Valentine, and Kevin Baars.

Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Tom Wintermote.   

A memorial to the Central Wyoming Hospice Home, 319 South Wilson Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601 or to Zion Lutheran Church, 601 South Ninth Street, Douglas, Wyoming 82633 would be appreciated by the family.  

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

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Funeral Service
October 25, 2019

2:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church in Douglas (Wyoming)

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