Feb 7, 1971 - Jul 28, 2014
Robert Paul “Bob” Manges, 43, of Riverton died Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. A Rosary will be Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Great Plains Hall. A Wake will follow later in the evening at Alberta Little’s residence, 419 Left Hand Ditch Road. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 2, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.
Robert Paul Manges (Little Crow) began his journey on February 7, 1971 with his Arapaho family on the Wind River Reservation. At 1 ½ years old he was adopted by I.H.S. doctor John Manges and his wife, Carol. Robert, and his new brother, Chris moved to rural northern Vermont where he loved tractors, trucks, the outdoors, and drawing. He grew up to be a determined cross country runner, an enthusiastic swimmer, and a fearless downhill skier. Robert enjoyed trout fishing and won awards for his forestry skills.
But more than anything, Robert was known for being big-hearted and loyal to his family and friends. His sense of humor was contagious! Those who loved him in Vermont always wished Robert well as he reconnected with his Arapaho roots and became a dedicated trucker.
After serving in the US Navy, Robert worked at the Arapaho Ranch and as a Sh0-Rap firefighter. He received his CDL and heavy equipment training at Utah State University in Price, Utah. Robert went on to work for various long haul trucking companies including Dick Simon and most recently Wind River Transport.
Robert leaves behind a loving Vermont family, his mother, Carol and step-dad, Mark Kilburn; his brother, Chris and family; his sisters, Breanna Kilburn and Tayva Young and their families; his step-mom, Jeanne Desrochers; his aunt Molly Boyle, his uncle and aunt, Thomas Manges and Jackie Manges and their family; and many friends including his best buddy, Joshua Doyle.
His Arapaho family, his wife, Crystal; his son, John Luke Manges; his stepchildren, Lashelle Shakespeare, Laquan Shakespeare, Lamount Shakespeare, Alex Behan and Deshaun Behan;his sister, Marcella A. Behan and family, Alberta T (Warren) Little and her family, Samantha (Willard) Wells and their children, Ivan and Troy Thomas, Lorie Thomas, Stanee Lopez, Nevach Thomas, Jolene Guzman, Donita (Gordon) Fulwilder, Athena and Jamie Moss, and their grandchildren, Octavian Thomas, Nicholas Lopez, Ismael Guzman, Jr.,; his sister, Wanda Trannum-White and her children, Monica Hines, Jenna (Aaron)Lane, Brittany White, and Melissa Harris; and her grandchildren, Uriah Hines, Jace Lane, Kaidyn Nevarez, Kavion Dearman, Carter Bealle, Parker Bealle, Matayah Hines, Arianna Lane, and Kyauna Dearman; his sister, Carlritn(John) Brown and family; his sister, Mary L. Nephi and her family; his brothers, Allen V. Behan and family, Robert G. Smith and family, Big John Smith and family, Harold Smith and family, Clarence Smith and family, Alex Smith, Jr, and family, Mike Kennah and family, Eli Armajo, and Donnie Armajo and best friend C.J. Walker; his aunts, Elizabeth Hinzer and Alice Headley; his uncle, Felix Grosback and family; his sister-in-law, Robyn Blackburn and her children, Janie Goodman, James Goodman, Jr., John Goodman.
Robert was preceded by his birth parents, Marie Behan and Lawrence Smith; his adoptive father, Dr. John Manges, Jr.; his sister, Marilyn J. Behan; his brothers, Douglas D. Behan, Gerald L. Behan, Freeman J. Behan, and Byron L. Behan; his grandparents, Christopher Bell, Idabelle Brown, Rhea Spoonhunter, Roberta (Smith) Lambert, Ann Smith, Roger Smith, Patty (Dewey) Havercamp, and Florita Jenkins.
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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.