David Michael Mannheimer
1945 - 2020
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David Michael Mannheimer

Richmond - Retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel David Michael "Mike" Mannheimer passed away on July 27, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.

Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patty, of Boydton, Virginia, two sons, Mark (Erin) of Washington, D.C. and Bret (Kathleen) of Valdosta, Georgia, and his two brothers, George Mannheimer (Julie) of Roswell, Georgia and Douglas Mannheimer (Cricket) of Tallahassee, Florida, a brother-in-law Robert Hull (Teresa) of Houston, Texas, as well as a niece, nephews, and cousins.

Mike was born on August 22, 1945 to Hank and Bonnie Mannheimer at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The family moved to Tallahassee in 1953. Mike grew up in a loving home on Randolph Circle with his parents and two brothers along with his grandmother, Juanita Krentzman, and his aunt, Carolyn Krentzman, assisted by long-time family friend Ruthie Mae James.

He attended Kate Sullivan Elementary, Cobb Junior High and graduated from Leon High in 1963. He was a member of the Exchange Club and a trainer for the Lions. As a teenager, he helped his father at Hank Mannheimer's Service Station at Tennessee and Monroe Streets.

Mike graduated from Florida State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was a cadet in the United States Air Force R.O.T.C. and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He later earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

After graduation from FSU, Mike began a 21-year career in the United States Air Force. He served in the Vietnam War during which time he was the intelligence officer on over 150 flight missions in support of U.S. ground troops. Mike was stationed in Ft. Walton, Lubbock and San Antonio, Texas and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1988, Mike remained connected to his work with the military as a defense contractor in Washington, D.C. He and Patty raised their sons in Ashburn, Virginia. After retiring from Booz Allen Hamilton, Mike and Patty relocated to their home on Lake Gaston in southern Virginia. Mike enjoyed hosting friends and family, boating, reading, following the FSU Seminoles and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Bonnie, his uncle, Federal Judge Ben Krentzman (Wilma), as well as his aunts, Sara Srygley (T.Q.), Carolyn Krentzman and Juanita Snipes (Wilson).

He will be buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date in 2021. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking that a donation be made in Mike's name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (michaeljfox.org).

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7, 2020.
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August 11, 2020
Sympathy to the family. May God be with David.
Friends Neighbors
August 8, 2020
Prayers for peace and comfort for the whole Mannheimer family during this period of mourning. I enjoyed working with Hank Mannheimer at Proctor's in Tallahassee. Came to know and respect
Doug, George, and meeting Mike a few times on his visits to Tallahassee. Blessings on all.
jim bass
August 7, 2020
Rest in Peace Mike. I've lost a great friend who always put others before himself. My sincere condolences to the Mannheimer Family. Dave Campbell
Dave Campbell
August 7, 2020
Sympathy and condolences to the family. Thank you for your distinguished military service.
The Browne family
August 7, 2020
Mike was my big brother in the fraternity, and was an ardent Seminole all his life. He led his own brothers to be lifelong Lambda Chis. I learned much from each one. I know the last few years have been difficult, and my big brother can truly Rest In Peace in heaven. Flying High.
Bruce B Blackwell
August 6, 2020
A special thanks to the family for allow Mike to live here with us at Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center. You will be missed!
Lillian Jackson
August 6, 2020
Mike appreciated his Tallahassee “upbringing”, his Tallahassee friends, his FSU days, and his North Florida heritage. His life experiences extended throughout the country and around the world; however, he never failed to remember his roots. He was a good man and a better brother.
George Mannheimer
August 5, 2020
Judi and I will greatly miss this great American patriot. I met Mike when I attended FSU and joined Lambda Chi Alpha. I will always remember how kindly his parents welcomed and treated me. Mike was soft spoken and never spoke of his many contributions. He is now gone but he will be always remembered, with great fondness.
P.C. and Judi Wu
August 5, 2020
It was a pleasure for me to meet Mike and Herb cherished him as a friend and Lamda Chi Brother. May He rest in peace.
Joan Covell Cooper
August 5, 2020
Offering our sincere condolences in this time of great sorrow. Godspeed.
Lt. Col. Michael H. Sarra, USA (ret.)
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