Born on July 1, 1944 in Winchester, Indiana, Gary grew up in Arba, Indiana and graduated from Spartanburg High. Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War. For his service, he earned a bronze star. He served honorably in the US. Army, reaching the rank of sergeant. He is a member of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 440 as a journeyman plumber. Gary completed an Associate Degree in Management from IUPUI. A passion for excellence and a deep desire to care for those he loved were well reflected in his work as Executive Vice President of Meyers Mechanical Corporation in Richmond Indiana, where Gary retired in 2006.
The simple pleasures in life brought great joy to Gary. He enjoyed family vacations, road trips in the country, washing cars, and a string of beloved canine friends. Gary’s five grandchildren Ben, Jack, Tommy, Ellie and William called him Dad, and he loved them with all his heart.
The center of Gary’s life was the church. After meeting the love of his life Janet, on a blind date in 1966, he attended Zion Lutheran Church in Hartford City, Indiana. Gary was deeply shaped by several Lutheran churches, including Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Richmond, Indiana, and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Anderson.
After moving to Anderson, Indiana in 2008, Gary began volunteering as a greeter and transportation assistant at St. John’s Hospital. He is a member of the Victoria Guild Board of Ascension St. Vincent Anderson and a founding member of Victoria’s Resale Place.
Gary is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet Wentz Manning of Anderson, Indiana. His children, Matthew Manning (Libby Davis Manning) of Anderson, Indiana, and his daughter, Kerri Manning McFarland (Jason McFarland) of Louisville, Kentucky.
A funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 310 E 53rd ST, Anderson, Indiana, the Rev. dr. Derek Nelson of Wabash College will preside. Visiting hours are 10 AM – 1 PM at St. John’s Lutheran Church, followed by a light lunch. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Funeral care entrusted to Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory.
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