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Percy O. "Shorty" Maneval

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Percy "Shorty"O. Maneval, 90, was born December 23, 1923 and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 27, 2014. Shorty was born in Walla Walla, WA and moved to Lynden when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Lynden High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Crops where he was a member of the 454 Bombardment Group during WWII. As a flight engineer, he flew 50 missions. His final rank was Staff Sergeant. While assigned to a base in Texas he met his future bride, Tex, at a church social. They were married in California before he shipped overseas. Both sets of Shorty's grandparents homesteaded in the Hinotes corner area, so it made sense after the war to settle into life in rural Lynden. He went to work as a auto mechanic, ultimately a school bus mechanic, then transportation supervisor, while he and Tex raised five children. They enjoyed a life of farm living on the Hannegan until 1951 then the Pole Road until 1963. They lived in the Carnation, WA area from 1963 until 1972 before returning home to Lynden. During retirement they lived at Beachwood, on Lummi Island, and Lynden. Shorty enjoyed fishing, square-dancing, board games, traveling and being involved in many volunteer ventures;as a volunteer firefighter, a boys home in Mexico, helping in the Dominican Republic, Lynden Community Church, the Gideon's, and many others . He was very proud of our country and his military service and was honest, hardworking and willing to serve others. He was preceded in death by his parents Percy R. W. and Augusta (Genzel) Maneval, older brother Fred and sister Tillie, and his beloved bride of 69 years, Tex (Doris) E Gross. He is survived by daughters Nancy (Jim) Herrick, Tricia (John) Fuller, Peggy (Bill) Grinnell, Barbara (Daniel) Cutts and son Richard (Andree) Maneval. Grandchildren Michelle (Daniel) Radonski, Jeff Baron (fiancé Megan), Jason Baron, Justin (Amy) Baron, Jared Baron (companion Kristina), Andrew Fuller (fiancé Sarah), Kim (Michael) Hendricks, Brenda Cooper, Ryan Jacobsen (fiancé Daphne), Lisa (Sean) Yunt, Joshua (Maggie) Pezzulo, Sarina (Tavis) Elliott, Rebecca Pezzullo, Carol (Erin) Andersen, Ross (Robyn) Herrick, Sharon (Geoff) Wilson. 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; and numerous cousins, nephews, A military honors graveside ceremony will be held at Greenwood Cemetary at 10:30 AM, May 19th, followed by the memorial service at Lynden Community Church at 1 PM with a reception following. Memorials can be made to Lynden Community Church or The Gideons. Arrangements by:

Published in Bellingham Herald from May 11 to May 18, 2014
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