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Manfred "Manny" Stein, born November 19, 1921, in New York, Borough of Bronx, to William and Bertha Stein, passed away January 5, 2014.
Following High School,he went into the National Youth Administration.
When WWII broke out, he
resigned as a Junior Aircraft Mechanic to accept a job at Middletown Airbase. While there, he met his first wife, Jane, who died in a tragic car accident after 5 years of marriage. He then met and married Skip Lighty, who became his second wife. He and Skip had two children, Terry and Craig. Skip died of heart failure in 1989. On February 12, 1991, he met Virginia Cutlip, and married February 20, 2000. Virginia died July 31, 2010.
In 1942, Manny enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he received extensive training as a 50 caliber machine gun operator. He was assigned to a B-24. After flying five missions on Nazi Germany, they were attacked by Nazi aircraft, where Manny sustained serious injuries to his left leg and was in the hospital for 24 months. He was medically discharged and attended college under the GI Bill through the Aeronautical University in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Martin Marietta in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked as an aerospace
engineer for 15 years. An opportunity opened at Kennedy Space Center, where he worked on the Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle projects. He was awarded many honors including the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award. Manny retired in 1987.
Since living in Sylvania with his son, Rodney, Manny had the opportunity to go on an Honor Flight on November 13, 2010, to Washington, DC with other WWII veterans from Dayton, Ohio. This was a trip he would always remember.
He is preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth and Beatrice, and his wife, Virginia (Cutlip). He is
survived by daughter, Terry (Art) Potthast, and son, Craig (Julie) Stein; stepsons, Ricky (Kristal), Rodney (Sharon) and Rocky (Sharon); 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
He loved talking about WWII and flying as a waist gunner on B-24 aircraft with his grandsons and making bets of hamburgers and milkshakes on the Tigers vs. Giants with grandsons, Joe Marshke and Scott Clemente.
Friends will be received at the Walker Funeral Home 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey) on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 5-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Toledo Memorial Park in the Chapel of Peace on Thursday, at 11 a.m. The family suggests memorials to Honor Flight. Condolences may be sent to the family at
Walker Funeral Home & Crematory
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 7, 2014