Obituary for Jerome M. "Jerry" ManningJerome Michael Manning was born to Forrest L. & Johanna M. (Gibbons) Manning on July 28, 1946 at Osmond, Nebraska, and passed away at his home in Exeter, Nebraska on January 2, 2018 at the age of 71 years, 5 months, and 5 days.
Jerry, as he was commonly known, graduated high school in Exeter, Nebraska. He joined the Army at the age of 18, serving in Vietnam from May 13, 1968 until he was Honorably Discharged on October 18, 1969. After returning from Vietnam, he lived in York, Nebraska and worked at Sunflower Beef. He then moved to Thayer for a short time before returning home to Exeter in 1978 and working at Farmland Foods in Crete for over 30 years, before retiring in 2007.
Jerry was a collector of many items including trading cards, coins and stamps. He loved to play cards ( pitch and poker) with family and friends. During the last several years of Jerry's life he enjoyed riding around in his golf cart and spending time with his dear friends Lester and Linda Becker.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest & Jo.
He is survived by his daughter Terri Manning of Polk, Nebraska; brother Tom & wife Shirley Manning of York, Nebraska; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A Funeral Mass for Jerry was held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Exeter, Nebraska. Fr. Mark Pfeiffer officiated the service. Agnes Anderson accompanied Jessica Ruhl who sang “Amazing Grace,” “Here I Am Lord,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Pallbearers for the service included Lester Becker, Rich Roettger, Peter Michael McShane, Travis Combs, Jeff Combs, and Jeff Grabill. Interment was held in the Exeter Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the Exeter American Legion William Sullivan Post 218. Farmer Funeral Home of Exeter conducted the services and online condolences can be left at www.farmerandsonfuneralhome.com. Memorials are suggested to the Family.