Richard James Manka "Dick", 81, of Yakima passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Chandler House in Yakima. He was born Aug. 29, 1928 in Grand Island, Neb.
He graduated from Mabton High School in 1947.
He married his high school sweetheart D. Maureen Manka. They lived in Mabton until 1969, when they moved to Yakima.
Richard began as a meat cutter in his father's store in Mabton and went to work as a meat cutter for Safeway for more than 30 years.
He had always been an active member of the Boy Scouts achieving the honor of Silver Beaver. Richard was also a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, D. Maureen Manka; twin sons, Darrell Manka and Carrell (Barbara) Manka and son, Timothy (Kathy) Manka, all of Yakima, and son, Richard J. (Linda) Manka II of Kennewick; twin daughters, Maureen Adolf of Yakima and Kathy Manka (S.O. Karen Erickson) of Vancouver; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim (Vince) Manka of Auburn, Norman (Judy) Manka of Pinehurst, Idaho; one sister, Dorothy Manka of Yakima; and long-time family friend, Mas Seto.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Naomi Manka; and two brothers, Raymond Manka, and Jerald Manka.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Ninth Avenue Chapel in Yakima with a vigil service beginning at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at 10 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church in Yakima, with graveside committal following at West Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer's Research.
Keith and Keith Funeral Home in Yakima is in charge of arrangements.