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Jack Manning

September 24, 1930 ~ March 12, 2020 (age 89)



Carroll Jack Manning, son of Cairo and Esther (McCleary) Manning, was born September 24, 1930 on the Beaconsfield family farm. 11-year-old brother William Jean was there to welcome him.

He grew up on the farm helping his dad and older brother with raising cattle and hogs, milking cows, and attending school in Beaconsfield, (walking to school barefoot and uphill both ways) and graduating with the class of 1948 (but not before performing various shenanigans and narrowly avoiding the county sheriff while attempting to vandalize his future father-in-law’s hay wagon as a joke).

On July 3, 1952, he was married to Phyllis Lee Holland, daughter of Kenneth and Mildred (Kitselman) Holland in the Beaconsfield Methodist Church. Linda Susan was born in November 1956; Janet Elizabeth in 1958; and Vicki Kathleen in 1961.

Jack entered the United States Air Force in 1951 after the start of the Korean War and was discharged in 1955. He then began his career at IBM in Des Moines and retired as a service manager in 1985. In 1989 Jack and Phyllis began construction of a new home on the original Manning farmstead, by then a century farm, and took up residence there until moving back to Des Moines in 2014. Living in Beaconsfield once again, Jack and Phyllis loved being part of this community and were active members in the Methodist church. He often did odd jobs at the church and loved being a “Mr. Fix-It” at home and for anyone else who needed it. He loved nothing better than tinkering with a lawnmower engine to figure out why it wasn’t running rather than take it to a repair shop, and maintaining the family cars himself, changing the oil and keeping detailed records of the service dates and the work he performed on the cars. He refinished the entire basement of the house in Des Moines by himself, converting it into a small apartment for his daughter Vicki and her growing family, including 2- year-old grandson Joey in 1986.

He loved airplanes and flying and became a private pilot in 1971 and the family made several trips in their little plane from Des Moines to Beaconsfield, and to Texas regularly to visit Phyllis’s family. He eventually sold the plane and bought a boat instead, and the family spent many happy weekends at Sun Valley Lake in Ellston, boating and water skiing with brother Jean and sister-in-law Evelyn and their family.

He died peacefully with Phyllis at his side on March 12, 2020 at Calvin Community in Des Moines after a severe fall at home in January of 2019 and worsening dementia.

His family includes his wife Phyllis; daughter Jan Manning; daughter Vicki Harrington and her husband Scott Miller; grandchildren Joey Harrington and daughter-in-law Elizabeth; granddaughter Katie Harrington and her partner Alex; nephews Russell Manning and wife Rhonda; nephew Ralph Manning and wife Vicki; niece Cathy (Manning) Scullen; nieces Jennifer Griffis and her husband Craig; niece Rebecca Holland, and nephew Tommy Holland.

Beating him to the pearly gates were his parents, older brother Jean, daughter Linda Manning and nephew Greg Holland.

Jack was a kind and gentle man and loved very much. We will miss him every day.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to EveryStep Kavanagh House Hospice on 56th St., Des Moines.

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