July 25, 1913 - May 9, 2014 ORLANDO, FL Our beloved father, Joe Manning, 100, passed away peacefully May 9 to join his devoted wife of 62 years, Carolyn, in heaven. His life focused on his large family and his career in aviation. Born in New York City, he moved to Florida as a child. Attending high school in Daytona Beach, he was a lifeguard at the beach and took flying lessons in his spare time. He served in the Navy for six years on the USS Saratoga as an aircraft mechanic. He then took a job with Pennsylvania Central Airlines, focusing on flight safety. Subsequently, he took jobs in Washington D.C. for the US Marine Air Station and the Civil Aeronautics Administration, later to become the Federal Aviation Administration. In DC he met and married Virginia Carolyn Woodard Ray, who passed away in 2003. They had seven children. During his 37-year career with the federal government, they lived in many cities including Los Angeles, Tampa, Fla.; Dearborn, Mich.; Overland Park, Kan. and Bethany, before retiring in 1972 as Chief of the Safety Data Branch, Flight Standards Technical Division, FAA Aeronautical Center in Okla. City. But his aviation career wasn't over. Joe became a consultant for the International Civil Aviation Organization for several years, living in Jordan, Suriname and Indonesia. In 1979 he really retired, and they moved to Apopka, Fla., where he enjoyed a life filled with golf, travel and family. He is survived by his children: Bob Manning (Lois), Reno, Nev.; Susan Montgomery (Bob), Longwood, Fla.; Rick Manning (Carol), Okla. City; Sheree Holloway (Pete), Edmond; JoAnn Blood (Tad), Okla. City; Joyce Dowd (Mike), Winter Park, Fla. and Jenny Orr (Dale), Longwood, Fla. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial will be held in Winter Park, Fla.
Published in The Oklahoman on May 25, 2014