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James R. Manke, 93, of Columbus passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus.  The Rev. Tim Schwartz will officiate.  Interment take place at Hillside Cemetery in Columbus.

James was born on June 6, 1924 to Herman and Nettie (Schmidt) Manke in the township of Arlington, Wisconsin.  On June 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to Rachel H. Voigt at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.

James was a lifelong farmer.  He enjoyed attending farm shows, reading and traveling, especially to Alaska.  He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.  

James will be remembered for having a kind soul and he never spoke a bad word about anyone.  James loved his family dearly.

James is survived by his children: David Manke of Waupun; Phillip (Susan Oliver) Manke of Anchorage, Alaska, Peter Manke of Columbus, and Lois (Mark) Reese of Fort Wayne, Indiana; his grandsons: Bryan (Mignon) Reese of North Carolina and Daniel Reese of Fort Wayne; his granddaughter Megan Reese of Fort Wayne; his great granddaughter, Lily.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rachel in 2007, his daughter Mary Manke; his brothers: Herbert, Raymond, Herman, and his sister Marian Dobratz.

Memorial donations may be directed to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Columbus.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the Senior Helpers of Madison.

Koepsell-Zeidler Funeral Home in Columbus is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made at


Scott A. Miller, age 48, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Saudi Arabia.

Services for Scott are currently pending.

Scott was born the son of John and Charlene (Morgan) Miller on November 17, 1968 in Hartford. 

Scott had a passion for teaching and has had a great impact on many children around the world.  He had a Master’s in Education and was currently working on his Doctorate in Education.  Most recently he was teaching English and Social Studies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  He had also taught in Myanmar and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Early in his career he taught in Whitefish Bay and was the principal at Horicon Middle School.  Scott had a love for reading and always had a book in his hands.  In his spare time Scott loved to travel and had been to 43 different countries.  He spent many years active in the Wisconsin Association of School Councils as well.  He also enjoyed musicals and drum and bugle competitions.

Survivors include his mother- Charlene (Louis) Brakob of Horicon.  His father - John Miller of Montello. His sisters- Jodie (Josh Frederick) Miller of Horicon and Nicole (Jim) Weiglein of LeRoy.  His step-siblings – Tony (Stacy) Brakob, Tammy (Ken) Graff and Todd (Sue) Brakob.  His special Aunt and Uncle- Char and Ron Kieck of Waukesha and their children Josh and Selena.  His niece and nephews- Tanner, Kayli, Seth, Aidan, Wesley, Marshal, and Carter.  His great nephew- Liam.  Further survived by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Horicon is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made at