OBITUARY – Robert Elgin Manhard

April 23, 1936 – Aug. 9, 2021

With love and sadness we acknowledge the passing of Robert Elgin Manhard, 85, born on April 23, 1936 to Elgin Sr. and Jeanette (Jane) Manhard in Rock Island, Illinois. He passed away in his home in Aurora, Colorado on August 9 at 4:30 am.

He is survived by his beloved wife Kathy Manhard. They shared 48 years of marriage living in Moline, IL, Englewood and Aurora. They also loved to winter in Florida whenever they could.

Bob had 2 siblings; an older brother, Don Manhard (deceased) and younger brother, Elgin Manhard. Bob attended Rock Island High School where he played football and ran track. He attended Depauw University and the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he graduated with a degree in business and an emphasis in real estate. Bob was a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA. An entrepreneur from the beginning, Bob owned Blackhawk Realty in Illinois for 25 years. He and Kathy created a thriving real estate company together. Bob was a member of the Rock Island (RI) Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the RI Board of Realtors, and a district Vice President and a lobbyist for the Illinois Association of Realtors. He was on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Realtors Institute for many years, and he enjoyed hosting a real estate radio talk show. He and Kathy owned car washes in Colorado and New Mexico and emission stations in New Mexico as well.

He enjoyed tennis, volleyball, boating, bocce ball, entertaining, dancing, loved growing beautiful roses, playing the harmonica, board games with friends and family (including being the reigning Sequence champion). Bob was instrumental in creating a Bocce Ball court in Heritage Eagle Bend, which many in the community enjoy. 

Bob’s family was everything to him.  He was supportive and generous with each family member. Bob is survived by his spouse Kathy Manhard, his daughters Julie Manhard, Laura (Manhard) Pointer, Tammy (Beam) Minuti and her husband Chris Minuti, and son, Tony Beam and his wife, Rhonda Beam. He is survived by his brother Elgin Manhard and wife, Sally Manhard, his sister-in-law, Jeanie Manhard, and his grandchildren; Cyndi Pointer, Michael Minuti, Steven Pointer, Matt Minuti, Atlee Beam, Makaela Minuti, Deven Beam, and many beloved nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Bocce .

The celebration of life Services will be held on Monday, August 16 at Horan and McConaty, 5303 E. County Line Rd in Centennial.  The Service will be from 2-3 pm with the reception to immediately follow from 3-5 pm.

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