DENNIE E. MANNING 3/29/1928 - 5/6/2014 Born the younger son of a charismatic and colorful man, Dennie Manning was known only as "brother" until far into adulthood. He rose from the shadow of his father and older brother to become a much loved and successful man. He began as a truck driver, tried his hand at cattle raising, invested in and managed rental properties, then settled into mining and trucking. He owned and operated Manning Bros. Rock & Sand Co. in Irwindale, California from 1952 to 1979. In 1980, he embarked on a new career in the ready mixed concrete industry, D & K Concrete in Fontana. He retired in 1996, handing the company to his daughter and son-in-law. The company was handed down to their children in 2010 and remains in the family today. Always a fan of beautiful cars, he owned some fabulous vehicles including a 1942 Merc with a Carson top, 1930 Model A pick-up truck, 1972 El Camino, 1959 Thunderbird, and a 1970 Dodge Charger. If he was not driving around in one of those cars, he was logging thousands of hours as a private pilot traveling to most of the United States, Canada and Mexico with his friend and partner H.K. Henry. He even ventured to such far-away places as Europe, Central and South America. In retirement he moved to the high desert for the clean air, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and most importantly, space for automobiles and airplanes. He leaves behind a wife of 66 years, Al Jean Manning; three children - Vicky, Dennise (husband Steve Mogan), and Sheralee (husband Jack Heckroth); five grandchildren - Brookie Best (husband Trey), Lyndsay Fransen (husband Terry), J.P. Manning-Mogan (wife Shelly), MacKenzie Schmidt (husband Grant), and Ritchey Heckroth; nine great-grandchildren - Noah and A.J. Best, Iver and Edgar Fransen, Francesca and Dominic Schmidt, and Jeremy, Zoe, and Elsie Manning-Mogan. The whole clan will miss him - this very kind and unassuming patriarch. Services will be held at Desert View Memorial Park, 11500 Amargosa Rd., Victorville CA 92392 on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Remembering Our Babies, c/o MacKenzie Schmidt, 6052 Barbara Street, Chino, CA 91710 or to the
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Published in the Daily Press from May 18 to May 19, 2014