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Obituary: Manz, Earl A., Sergeant First Class (Ret)

Age 86

Earl A., Sergeant First Class (Ret.)

Passed away Monday, November 5th at the Tekoa Care Center, Tekoa, WA. He was born October 31, 1926 at Reardan, WA to William A. and Eva M. (Rew) Manz. He attended schools at Reardan, and worked for area cattle ranchers. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945 near the end of World War II and served with the occupational forces in Japan after the war ended. He returned to the Spokane area following the war, and married Mary Jane McCarty at Fort George Wright in Spokane on September 8th, 1951. The couple lived at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and later returned to Spokane. His wife Mary passed away in 1965. Earl also served in the Korean Conflict, and later had a tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the Army as a Sergeant First Class in 1969 following 22 years of service. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Merit.
Earl married Gloria J. Parker on December 16, 1972 at Spokane, WA and the couple made their home at Davenport and Ritzville, WA for the next 10 years. The couple moved to Idaho in 1982 and lived in Kamiah, Kooskia, and Stites, Idaho, prior to moving to Grangeville, Idaho in 1984. Earl had worked part-time as a janitor and school bus driver for Clearwater High School, drove wheat truck for local farmers, and drove bus for the Idaho Forest Service.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Grangeville, a member of the Eagles Lodge at Grangeville, and a member of the Army Special Forces (Green Berets). He was a past member of the American Parachute Association. Mr. Manz was an avid bowler, and participated in many local bowling tournaments.
Survivors include his wife Gloria at the Grangeville home; his children Francine Neal (Mark Tietjen) of Spokane, WA, Steven Saless of Lubbock, Texas, Sandra (Terry) Fischer of Meridian, ID, Scott (Lia) Saless of Post Falls, ID, Debra Williams of Spokane, WA, Guy Manz of Spokane, WA, Teresa (Michael) Napier of Post Falls, ID, Susan (Gary) Stewart of Grangeville, ID, Lorraine (Wade) McDuff of Snohomish, WA, and Darcy Jo (Michael) Dumbarton of New Castle, England; 26 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Joyce Bergman of Spokane and Roberta Neil of Spokane Valley, WA. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Harley, and Ken Manz; and by two grandchildren.
An interment service will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 2:15 P.M. at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery , 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake, WA, 99022. Pastor Kelly Lineberry will officiate at the service with military honors to follow. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Grangeville, Idaho Senior Center.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association; the American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer research, or to the National Kidney Foundation. KRAMER FUNERAL HOME of Tekoa, WA is handling the arrangements.