Archive for Thursday, November 21, 2002

Eldon L. Manning


November 21, 2002

Services for Eldon L. Manning, 91, De Soto, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at De Soto United Methodist Church, De Soto. Burial will follow at De Soto Cemetery.

Mr. Manning died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at Eudora Nursing Center.

He was born Aug. 30, 1911, in Jet, Okla., the son of Alfred Roy and Anne Pearl Shields Manning. He graduated from Winfield High School, Winfield, and Central College in McPherson. He received his bachelor of science degree in business from McPherson College. He attended business college in Wichita and graduate school at Kansas University. He moved to De Soto in 1938 from McPherson.

Mr. Manning taught business subjects at Central Junior College in McPherson and at De Soto High School for four years. He then worked for the United States Postal Service for 28 years as a rural carrier in De Soto and later as a C.F.C.A. Credit Union manager in Lawrence for more than seven years. He retired in 1976.

He had been a member of the De Soto United Methodist Church since 1940. He was Sunday School superintendent and taught the high school class for 22 years. He then taught an adult class for three years. He also held various offices in the church.

Mr. Manning was voted Outstanding Citizen of De Soto by the Jaycees in 1973, was De Soto City Treasurer and merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts for 20 years. He also served eight years on the school board, where he had been a clerk and president.

He married Jewel E. Price Dec. 24, 1935, in Nash, Okla. She died in 1986.

Survivors include a daughter, Elda Loper, Surfside Beach, S.C.; a son, Winston Manning, McLoud, Okla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

An infant daughter, Joan Elaine, and two sisters, Lela Simpson and Alma Manning preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

The family suggests memorials to the De Soto United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of the Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner 66030.

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