Leo James Manning, 91, Wexford, died Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Visitation was Thursday, June 5, from 4-8 p.m. with a 4 p.m. rosary and an 8 p.m. scripture service at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lansing. Visitation also was one hour before mass time at the church Friday. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Wexford – Immaculate Conception Church. The Rev. John Moser was celebrant. Burial followed in the Wexford – Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be left with graufuneralhomes.com. Thornburg – Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lansing was in charge of arrangements.
Leo was born Nov. 28, 1922, on the family farm in Lafayette Township, to Patrick and Louise (Cota) Manning. He attended Russell Country School through the eighth grade. Leo was united in marriage to Dorothy Keenan at St. Mary – Lycurgus Catholic Church, May 19, 1953. Dorothy passed away Feb. 11, 1975. He was then united in marriage to Mary Malanaphy Schrandt Feb. 7, 1987, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville. Leo farmed the family farm where he and Dorothy raised their children. He completed 10 years of service on the agricultural stabilization and conservation committee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and gardening, and he had a strong interest in conservation. He was a principal of the Mississippi Valley Sportsman Club and a charter member of Nightcrawlers Forever.  Leo also served almost 40 years as I.C. Wexford Cemetery trustee. He will be deeply missed by the many family and friends who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Manning, Lansing; eight children: Marcia (Mark) Kruse, Lansing, Tim (Laurie) Manning, Lansing, Kevin (Joan) Manning, Mabel, Minn., Karen (Marty) Brennan, Lansing, Dennis Manning, Lansing, Michele Manning Houlihan, Lansing, Leon (Regina) Manning, Lansing, Lisa (Kurt) King, Jupiter, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; seven step-children; many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brother- and sister-in-law, James (Kay) Manning, Lansing; his brother-in-law, George Hammell and sister-in-law, Evelyn Manning; Keenan and Malanaphy in-laws;  nieces and nephews; and long-time friends.
Leo was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Keenan Manning; his parents, Patrick and Louise (Cota) Manning; his daughter in infancy, Laura Lee Manning; his siblings, Harold, George and Joe Manning, Mary Hammell, Eleanor Hammell, Marcella Mullarkey and one step-son.