John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Rudy Manke, age 91, passed away recently. He started off at his family's greenhouse business in North Milwaukee, Town of Granville. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He was at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He drove an ambulance during the war. When he came back from service he returned to his florist business and later moved on. He served in many veterans groups, some as leader. He did a lot of volunteering at the Zablocki Veteran's Hospital in Wood, Wisconsin. He drove veterans to and from the hospital for many years. Last year he received many awards as he celebrated his 90th birthday. He will be greatly missed by all. He was my uncle and my parent's first cousin. He lived a full life and now he can rest in peace. RIP Rudy, until we meet again.