King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory obituary – Michael "Mike" Dean Manka, 75, Fort Madison


Michael “Mike” Dean Manka, 75, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away unexpectedly of a stroke, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison.  He was born on October 15, 1946 in Fort Madison, IA to Robert John & Vivian Corine (Breen) Manka.  He married Candace L. Freese on October 24, 1982 in Fort Madison, IA.  He was an engineer with the BNSF Railroad for many years.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  He loved driving around town and visiting with people, especially going to Humburd’s.  He spent numerous hours watching his son work.

Mike is survived by: his wife: Candy Manka of Fort Madison, IA; 1-daughter: Sam (Andrew) Cochran of LaSalle, Ill.; 1-son: Alex Manka of Fort Madison, IA; 2-sisters: Jacqueline (Bill) Kurtt of Rogers, AR & Beverly (Gregg) Brockman of Fort Madison, IA and 1-brother: Bob (Marta) Manka of Fort Madison, IA.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory.  A memorial has been established in his memory.  Online condolences to the Manka family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: