Dale Manley

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WAYNESVILLE Dale Manley passed away on November 30, 2012 at Quaker Heights Care Community in Waynesville, Ohio. The son of Pryor and Willouise Link, he was born October 2, 1929 in Nashville, Tennessee. Dale was a devoted, loving husband, father, son and grandfather. Raised on his family farm in Owenton, Kentucky, he overachieved in academics, baseball, wrestling and received statewide recognition as a basketball guard. Dale graduated at the age of 16 and enlisted in the United States Army Calvary where he served in occupied Japan. Upon honorable discharge, he studied Animal Husbandry at the University of Kentucky and was invited to walk-on in basketball by Coach Adolph Rupp.

The majority of T.D.'s professional life was a return to the farm as a well-known owner, breeder, trainer and driver of trotting and pacing horses.

T.D. always gave much more than he received. Dale loved life and passed his love of family, hunting, fishing, horseracing, and out-of-the-box thinking to all. Dale was also known to occasionally pay homage to his Irish/Scottish ancestry.

Survivors include special companion, Laura Jordan; daughters, Rachel Manley of Clarksville, Julie True of Frankfort, Kentucky; sons, Kevin (Sharon) Manley of Beavercreek and Mark (Anne) Manley of Xenia; 2 grandchildren, Ryan Manley and Ethan Manley.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all at Quaker Heights Care Community for their loving care of Dad in his final years. We also wish to thank Evercare hospice, especially Michelle and Sandy.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 7 with Pastor John Whitaker leading the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to:

New Vocation Standardbred Retirement, 3293 Wright Rd., Laura, OH 45337 or to Learning Tree Farm, 3376 S. Union Rd., Dayton, OH 45417. Services are being handled by Neeld Funeral Home, 1276 N. Detroit St., Xenia, Ohio 45385. Condolences may be made to the family at

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