R. Manning Stroup Jr., 69, passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2014, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 45 years, Betty Stroup, and his three children, Henry, Ana and Loren. Manning resided in North Pole for 23 years and spent his last seven months in the loving care of the staff at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home.|
Manning was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Grants Pass, Oregon, and grew up in Big Spring, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 1969 with a bachelor of science in nursing, one of the early trailblazers of men in the nursing field. While at UT he met the love of his life, Betty, and after a 3-month whirlwind courtship, they married in Big Spring, Texas.
Manning joined the U.S. Air Force in 1971 and served with distinction and honor for 20 years as a registered nurse. While in the Air Force, Manning had the good fortune to travel the world with Betty, serving in Spain and throughout the United States and finally Eielson Air Force Base, retiring in 1991 with the rank of major.
Upon retirement, Manning moved to North Pole, where he accepted a position with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as a school nurse. He was assigned to Taylor Middle School and later Crawford Elementary School on Eielson Air Force Base.
Manning was an outstanding and compassionate nurse. He could always be found laughing with his colleagues or heard whistling down the halls wherever he went. His constant smile, nurturing spirit and sense of humor brought joy to others. Manning was also known for his quick wit, his unselfishness and the love he had for his family.
He takes with him the great satisfaction of knowing that his life was one devoted to the care and wellbeing of those around him.
Manning leaves behind his mother, Twyla Stroup, of Big Spring, Texas; his sister, Lou Ann (Tony) Zappia; nieces, Angela and Nicole, of Brockton, New York; wife, Betty; son, Henry (Alicia) Stroup; daughter, Ana (Bart) Hinkle; and son, Loren (Jen) Stroup; grandchildren, Ryan, Aidan, Bennett, Carsyn and Reagan; cousin, Wayne (Janice) Stroup, of Lubbock, Texas; and Dan (Beth) Stroup, of Longview, Texas, as well as members of the Stroup, Winterowe, and Sanders families, all of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, R. Manning (Joe) Stroup Sr.; grandparents, and numerous aunts and uncles.
A funeral Mass will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a celebration of life reception at 8 p.m., on July 2 at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole. Manning will be laid to rest with military funeral honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable contribution be made in Manning's name to one of the following non-profit organizations, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Alzheimer's Association or to the University of Texas, School of Nursing in Austin.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 1, 2014