Robert Manning Obituary

Robert E  Manning
Robert E Manning

July 26, 1941 - March 19, 2020
Born in Davenport, Iowa
Resided in West Chicago, IL


Robert (Bob) E. Manning, age 78, of West Chicago, IL, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL. A Celebration of his Life will be held at a future date. Condolences may be given to the family at

Bob was born July 26, 1941 in Davenport, IA, the son of Robert and Mary Alice (Keith) Manning. He forged a deep family bond with his step-father, Thomas Wafer, that lasted through Thomas’ death in 2010. On October 15, 1965 Bob married Kathleen (Kathy) K. Dalton. Bob and Kathy lived in Walcott, IA moving to West Chicago, IL in 1971.

Bob spent most of his career as a Advertising Print Purchasing Manager at InterAgriculture in downtown Chicago. A regular commuter on the Metra Train, he enjoyed working in the city but always looked forward to coming home to the quiet of the far suburbs. Bob retired in 2000.

Bob loved reading and flying. Though never a licensed pilot, he racked up countless flight hours, flying all over the country on his computer flight simulator, often with his two daughters rolling their eyes in the background. Bob was a gifted storyteller with humor and optimism that will be sorely missed. His quick wit and subtle delivery would always yield a laugh from those fast enough to catch it. Bob’s jokes and mannerisms will live on in his daughters and grandchildren.

Bob will be deeply missed by his family: his wife, Kathy of West Chicago, IL; his daughters Renee Manning of Weston, FL and Rebecca Manning of Chapel Hill, NC; his favorite son-in-law, R. Scott Silvester, also of Chapel, NC; his sister Patricia Wafer of Madison, WI; his brother-in-law, Lawrence B. Dalton of Davenport, IA; his two granddaughters, Carolina Herrera and Zoe Silvester; and his grandson, Thomas Silvester.




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