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John Andrew Manion

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John Andrew Manion was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Siebert, Colo., and passed from this world on Thursday, July 9, 2009, in Alamogordo. He was the son of John Michael and Abigail (Sager) Manion, and the brother of Julia Manion-Alkire and Pat Manion.
John graduated from Capulin High School in Capulin and later attended the College of Pharmacy in Denver, graduating in 1934. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941 and proudly served our country as a communications specialist for nearly 21 years.
In World War II, he served throughout the European theatre, later serving in Japan and Saudi Arabia, as well as numerous stations stateside before retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant in 1961.
After the Battle of Britain, John was among the original occupational forces to enter Japan charged with establishing a new government. In 1961, John retured to work as a pharmacist and retired his pharmacy career in 1986, having held one of the oldest New Mexico pharmacy licenses.
In 1946, John married Emma Lue Dean in Socorro. The couple raised a son, Lans Dean Manion, and enjoyed a married life lasting 39 years. Lue preceded John in death in 1985 after a hard fight with breast cancer, during which John's patience, compassion and courage were unequalled.
In 1971, Lans married Sara Jean Doffer, a daughter-in-law that quickly became a fast and true friend. In 1973, Lans and Sara welcomed a daughter, Dusty, who would soon become the apple of John's eye.
Survivors include his son Lans and his wife, Sara, of La Luz; his granddaughter Dusty J. Manion, of Roswell; a brother, Pat Manion, of Oregon; and a sister, Julia Alkire, of El Paso.
John enjoyed a long life filled with the experiences that have shaped the world we live in today. He was a gentle, light-hearted man who lived to fish, dance, listen to fiddle music and watch sports. He never missed the opportunity to eat dessert or maybe even two or three desserts. Later in his life, as in childhood, John relished the relationships he had with his sister, Julia, and his brother, Pat. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Moon officiating.
Inurnment will be in Monte Vista Cemetery.
Services and cremation are under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 11 to July 26, 2009
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