Official Obituary of

Everett A. Manning

August 19, 1940 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Everett Manning Obituary

Everett Allen (Al) Manning
August 19, 1940 - February 10, 2024

Everett Allen (Al) Manning peacefully passed away the morning of February 10, 2024 with his oldest son Kent and daughter-in-law Stephanie at his side.

Al was born in Wellsburg, West Virginia on August 19, 1940 to Everett and Edna (Hammer) Manning. Al’s father died when he was young and his mother moved the family back to rural Canton to live with her father. Edna later married Alfred Ulvestad and the family moved to rural Sinai, South Dakota.

As a teenager, Al moved to Wellsburg, West Virginia and graduated in 1958 from Wellsburg High School. In 1959, Al enlisted in the United States Air Force. His basic training was cut short due to the USAF’s need for electronic personnel and he was sent to the Grand Rapids Air Force Station in Minnesota. It was in Grand Rapids where Al met and married Margene Thompson in 1960. They had four children; Terri (Dan) Hertle, Kent (Stephanie), Karol Roberts, and Tammy (David) Brainerd.

After Al and Margene divorced, he relocated to Milwaukee and met Suzanne Matranga. They married in 1969 and had two children; Colette Jo and Matt (Noncy).

In 1977, while stationed in Colorado, Al met and married his best friend and love of his life, Diane Burns. Together, Al and Diane raised her two daughters; Carrie (Austin) Mansfield and Amy Kline.

Al was proud to be an Air Force veteran, and throughout his 24-year career as a computer technician, he was stationed in several states including Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Colorado, and Michigan as well as the countries of Vietnam, Greece, Germany, and Turkey. 

Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1983, Al and Diane moved to Spearfish, SD. Several years later, they moved to Vancouver, WA. While in Vancouver, they started to winter in Yuma, AZ. eventually making Yuma their permanent residence. Al and Diane both enjoyed finding a good deal and made a pastime out of thrift store shopping. They also loved going on cruises and traveling together to visit their family and friends. After Diane passed in 2021, Al started to do some more traveling and spent the summers of 2022 and 2023 as a campground host in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.…just a few blocks from his first USAF assignment.

Al loved telling stories of growing up on the family farm in Sinai, SD. He had an impeccable talent for remembering dates and events of the Hammer and Manning family history. Al was very proud of his Norwegian roots and could often be heard sharing a good Sven and Ole joke. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and proudly wore his green and gold "cheesehead" gear!  Al had a strong faith in God and could be heard saying grace before his meals and was often asked to give an eulogy for his friends. Al took great enjoyment in his and Diane’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was also the proud “daddy” of his dog, Miss Penny.

Al will be missed by his 6 children and step-daughter, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother Larry Ulvestad and sister Joan Williams, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and numerous friends from his years in the USAF and at Bonita Mesa RV Park.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Steve Ulvestad and Les (Bud) Manning, his step-daughter Amy, son-in-law Steve, and Diane, his wife of 44 years.

There will be a celebration of life for Al and Diane on Sunday, February 18 at Bonita Mesa RV Park in Yuma, AZ. Upon Al’s internment at the Black Hills National Cemetery later this year, there will also be a small gathering of family and friends.

The family would like to thank Compassus Hospice for their kindness and care of Al during his final days.

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