Arthur William Mahnke, 86, or Lusk, Wyo., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 at his home. He was born and raised at the family homestead three miles south of Keeline, Wyo. He was the youngest of seven children born to Jessie (Reintsma) Mahnke and William Mahnke on Aug. 20 1926, all of whom preceded him in death. On Sept. 15, 1946, Arthur married Doris E. Pavlacky. To this union three daughters were born: Doris “Dodie” Mahnke, Donna Iris Mahnke, and Diane L. Mahnke. His wife Doris and eldest daughter, “Dodie”, preceded him in death. He is survived by Donna Iris Mahnke and Diane L. Mahnke of Lusk, Wyo. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds in Lusk, Wyo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Art was a true cowboy. He lived by cowboy ethics and principles long before these were published and written about. He believed in hard work and giving one’s all to get the job done. He also had a deep and abiding love for his Creator and the principles found in the Bible. This further shaped his ethics to Christian ethics, which, in turn, led him to dedicate his life to God on March 4, 1973. From the time Art was a young man, he took family responsibilities seriously and worked to help his mother and family. When Art married and had children, he worked hard to continue to provide for his family. He not only provided materially, but also emotionally and most importantly, spiritually for those he loved. In 1960 Art decided to become an auctioneer. He went to the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Mont. where he began to learn the art of auctioneering. Auction is an art and Art practiced and loved the art of auctioneering up to the day he died. Auctioneering gave Art the opportunity to meet and serve many people. This made his life truly meaningful, because Art felt that helping people was more important than making money. He viewed people as friends first and customers later. Art was always ready to share the hope the Bible holds out with people by word and deed, in an effort to help them.
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