April 27, 1940 — Aug. 28, 2013
Manford E. Anliker was born and raised in Hillsboro, Ore. Manford graduated from Laurelwood Academy in 1958.
He enlisted in the Army after high school, serving at the U.S. Army Hospital near Chinon, France. Manford earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Walla Walla College, class of 1967. After teaching for one year he attended Loma Linda University’s physical therapy program, graduating in 1971. His first job as a physical therapist was at Redbud Community Hospital in Clearlake, Calif. Later, he was hired as director of physical therapy at Walla Walla General Hospital, where he designed the physical therapy department for their new facility. After working there for eight years, he worked at a private practice in Portland, and subsequently opened a private practice in Milton-Freewater, Blue Mountain Physical Therapy Clinic, where he served his patients until mid-July 2013.
Manford also loved to serve his community. He was a long term member of the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club, serving as president in 1997-98, and a member of the Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce, where he also served as president. He was also specially honored to serve as chairman of the Milton-Freewater Water Board during the past years, during which the board was successful in passing a property tax levy to make necessary improvements to the Walla Walla River flood protection infrastructure in Milton-Freewater, gaining approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and averting the need for the community to have to purchase flood insurance for their properties.
Manford also enjoyed serving the community through his church, the Blue Mountain Seventh-day Adventist Church in Athena, where he was a member for the past 30 years. He was anchored in his Christian faith and loved his Lord Jesus Christ. During the last weeks of his life, he reminded all who visited with him that he was looking forward to meeting with them again on the glorious day of resurrection upon Jesus’ soon return to Earth.
Manford is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce (Ammundsen) Anliker, whom he married on July 16, 196,1 upon his return from the Army. Manford is also survived by daughter Heidi Anliker-Brenes of College Place; sons Gregory Anliker of Walla Walla and Jeffrey Anliker of Milton-Freewater and their spouses; and five grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Milton-Freewater Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1244 N. Elizabeth St., Milton-Freewater. Manford requested that people wear bright-colored clothes at his memorial service. For those who would like to make a donation in his name, please consider Gospel Outreach, PO Box 8, College Place, WA 99324, www.goaim.org, and Maranatha Volunteers International-One Day Church Initiative, 990 Reserve Dr., Suite 100, Roseville, CA 95678, www.maranatha.org.