December 5, 2013


Fred Gardner Mankin, 90, of Carroll, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Pastor Dennis Bailey of First United Methodist Church in Carroll will officiate. Casket bearers will be Fred's sons Larry, Kevin and Scott Mankin, as well as Fred's son-in-law Steve McCrea. Honorary casket bearers will be Fred's grandchildren and great-grandchildren and Robert Mankin. Burial will be at Carroll City Cemetery with military honors by the Carroll American Legion.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Visitation will resume at noon Saturday.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home to be directed to St. Anthony Hospice or the Carroll American Legion.

Online condolences may be left for Fred's family at

Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Pomeroy, Ohio, Fred Gardner Mankin was a son of Floyd Benjamin and Mabel Mitch Mankin. Fred graduated from Pomeroy High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served until his honorable discharge. On Aug. 23, 1947, Fred married the love of his life, Mavis Ness, at Pomeroy, Ohio. The couple lived in Ohio, Minnesota and South Dakota before moving to Carroll where Fred worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Fred then worked as a truck driver for L.A. Smith until his retirement. Fred loved to fish and to spend time in the sun. He also enjoyed walking, weekend drives with his family, and music. Fred was a passionate Ohio State Buckeye fan his entire life, and he never missed an opportunity to either attend a game or watch it on television. Fred was a longtime member of the Carroll American Legion.

Survivors include his children: Larry Mankin and his wife Susan of Columbia, Mo., Robert Mankin and his wife Hella of Fresno, Calif., Kevin Mankin and his wife Anne-Marie of Earlham, Anna McCrea and her husband Steve of Ames, and Scott Mankin and his wife Julie of West Linn, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Mavis; and his brother, Kenneth Mankin.