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Kenneth Norman Manning Sr.

Born: 2/9/1922

Died: 8/20/2007

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Kenneth Norman Manning Sr., 85, of Norman, passed away August 20, 2007. He was born February 9, 1922, in Durant to Charley Harrison Manning and Amy Bryant.

They lived on his mother’s Choctaw allotment land at Bryant. The town was named for Kenneth’s grandfather. Kenneth attended Wayne High School where he met his one and only darling, Wilma Jean Crouch. They were married December 20, 1941, in Purcell.

The couple farmed at Bryant and Kenneth helped build aircraft hangars at the Naval Center in Norman before enlisting in the U.S. Army in November 1942. Kenneth was trained in reconnaissance and forward observation. He became a member of the 419th armored field artillery battalion of the Tiger division which was the first of General Patton’s divisions to enter Germany. As a part of Patton’s Third Army he was involved in several combat campaigns and following the Battle of the Bulge in 1944, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement on December 21, 1944, in Luxembourg. The citation says, His courage, determination and outstanding performance of duty under fire reflect great credit upon himself, his organization, and the military forces. He was also awarded the European Campaign Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

Kenneth worked in civil service at Tinker Air Force Base on air transportation. He retired in 1975 after 28 years of federal service.

He was a member of the Church of Christ and had served as chaplain for the American Legion and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He and Jean enjoyed traveling in their RV. They loved to square dance which they described as friendship set to music with the Norman Buckaroos and Silver Spur Clubs.

Survivors include his sister, Janie Wilson; daughter, Letitia Manning; daughter-in-law, Cleo Manning; son-in-law, Chuck Daignault; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew.

Kenneth Norman Manning Sr.