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Bob Manges: keep on ticking

by Sunny Layne

NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -- There is a saying, "Time waits for no one."

One New Hampton watch repairman lives by that adage, completing more than 1,000 repair jobs for every year he's lived.

He's already completed well over 100,000, and he plans on going until Father Time says he has to quit.

Bob Manges is someone you should know.

"As a young boy, I'd trade my lunch at noon at school," bob Manges said. "Kids would bring an old clock to me. And I'd come home hungry, and my mother would be perturbed at me."

While other children read comic books, and dreamed of candy, Bob Manges studied clocks.

"Look at the beauty there."

Their intricate parts put Manges under their perfectly-punctual spell for more than seven decades.

This New Hampton watch-repairman and jewelry store owner is 84.

Because of his skill and dedication, this World War II veteran serves customers all over Iowa, even all over the country.

"We trust him and his wife very much," customer Phyllis Huxsol said. "We've been coming here for probably 25 or 30 years."

Manges began his work way back in 1940.

"I love it," Manges said. "I like to work."

Manges says fixing clocks transfixes him, and he's never wanted to stop working.

His wife of 61 years, Jane, says that's probably a good thing.

"He'd be driving me nuts," she said, "because he likes to be doing something all the time. Now I could go and play golf all every day and be perfectly happy at it. [But] as long as he's happy doing it, I'm happy with it."

"I'm going as long as I can go," Manges said.

This man who has kept time for more than 70 years hopes time will keep him for years to come.

Reporter:  Sunny Layne 

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