Jan 20, 1949–May 7, 2018
The infamous Manny passed away on Monday, May 7, with Janet, his loving wife of 41 years by his side.
Manny was born Jan. 20, 1949 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family moved to Butte, Montana where Manny attended school and graduated from Butte High.
At the age of 23, Manny joined the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. He was a member of the Cossacks for 46 years and served as treasurer for five years.
Manny met the love of his life, Janet and they married in 1977.In the next two years they welcomed their wonderful sons, John and Joe into their lives.
Manny worked for the Anaconda Company up to the closure of the company.
One of Manny's passions was his Harley's. Over the course of his amazing and adventurous life he owned 73 Harley Davidson’s.
Another of Manny's passions was talking. He would talk about everything and anything. He always had a story to tell. We all spent hours listening to his stories. He could make us laugh till we cried. Thanksgiving dinners will never be the same now that he is gone.
When the boys were young, summers were spent camping at Canyon Ferry and Seeley Lake with family and friends. As retirement age came Manny, Janet and their granddaughter Hailey spent time together taking road trips to different destinations around Montana.
Manny's passing has left a hole in our hearts that time will never be able to fill. Manny is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, John, Joe, (Janae); granddaughter, Hailey; mother, Mary; brothers, Gene (Sharon) and Sam; sister, Jackie (Bill) Haller; sisters-in-law, Carol Woods, Betty Slagle, Karen Niland (Ralph), Terry Whitehead (Dee'o) and Janice Woods; brother-in-law, Rich Varner; numerous nieces and nephews and best friends, Don Compton, Tyler South and so many more.
Manny was preceded in death by his father, Gene; brother, Frank; mother-in-law, Margaret Woods; brothers-in-law, Woody Slagle, Robert Woods; sister-in-law, Peggy Varner; and his best buddy, "Beefy" the bulldog.
Celebration of Manny's life will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, May 11, at The Springs, 300 Mountain Highland Dr.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Manny’s family.