William Mankin Obituary (1930-2021) – Billings, MO

William Mankin Obituary (1930-2021) – Billings, MO

William “Bill” E. Mankin left this world on December 31, 2021, at the age of 91, having lived a very full life.
William E. “Bill” Mankin was born on February 12, 1930, in Upton, Wyoming, the son of William R. “Buster” and Irma Lohman Mankin. Bill was the second of four children in the family, which included his sister Evelyn and brothers Harold and Jim. He graduated from Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming, in 1948. While there, he wrote lyrics in basketball.
His next adventure found him in the Air Force, stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. It was there that he met and later married Mary L. Reynolds. After being honorably discharged from the military, Bill attended and graduated from business school in Rapid City, South Dakota. He briefly worked as a salesman for the Phillips Company before moving to Billings.
Bill enrolled at Eastern Montana College, where he studied engineering. On January 7, 1956, Bill married Mary L. Reynolds. From this union four children were born: Gina, Bill, Mary and Tony. At the time, he applied for a job at the Montana State Highway Department, and after coming back there every day for two weeks, Kenney McCracken told him to “come back tomorrow and bring a lunch box.” He did just that, making lifelong friends and creating many memories. Bill retired from the Montana State Department of Highways as his section maintenance supervisor.
After retiring from the Highway Department, Bill invested in his brother Jim’s successful Western Bar business. A short time later, Bill bought a bar in Fromberg. With the help of their son Tony, they rebuilt and operated the Buffalo Chip Saloon. On December 22, 1991, Bill married Ann Saarela. Their family was joined by Anna (Steve) Shafer, Wendy (Roy) Peterson, Shane (Peggy) Saarela and Pete (Courtney) Saarela.
After selling the Buffalo Chip Saloon, Bill went to work for his two sons at Mankin Construction Co. He continued to “show up for work” there every day until well into his 80s. During his 91 years, Bill enjoyed family gatherings, bowling, hunting with his brothers, sons, grandchildren and nephews, Bighorn fishing, and woodworking.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Irma Mankin; and his brothers, Evelyn (Larry) Lantz, Harold Mankin and Jim (Carol) Mankin; his son-in-law, James H. Albrecht; and his granddaughter, Lisa Mankin. He is survived by his wife, Ann Mankin; her children, Gina Mankin-Albrecht, Bill (Carrie) Mankin, Mary Beebe, and Tony Mankin; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Phil, Bill, Angie, Ann, Bob, Tom, Connie and Trish, as well as their children.
A memorial service will be at 11 am on Saturday, January 8 at the Michelotti-Sawyers Funeral Home, 1001 Alderson Ave. This spring a celebration of life will be held.
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Published by Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary and crematorium from January 3 to January 4, 2022.

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