Uu Congregation Of Phoenix
4027 E Lincoln Dr
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 840-8400
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Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
2:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
Paradise Valley, AZ
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Rev. Dr. Raymond George Manker Sr.

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Rev. Dr. Raymond George Manker, Sr.

Phoenix - Rev. Dr. Raymond George Manker (Sr.) died December 16, 2018, in Phoenix, AZ. He was born on April 6, 1925, in Santa Monica, CA. His father was Rev. Charles C. G. Manker who became minister of the Unitarian congregation in El Paso, TX, and his mother was Annie Marie Fehn. Raymond received his B.A. from Texas College of Mines & Metallurgy in 1945. He then studied for the Quaker ministry at the College of the Bible at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, receiving a B.D. in 1948, and then was ordained and entered the Unitarian ministry. He received an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology (STD) from Starr King School of the Ministry in 1974.

He married Gretchen Brammer Loomis of Houston, Texas in 1949. His ministries were in Toledo,Ohio (1949-50), Wayland, Massachusetts (1950-1955), Riverside, California (1955-1963), and Phoenix, Arizona (1963-1990. Upon his retirement from active ministry in 1990, he was made Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix.

He was a man of many interests and causes. As a youth, he earned his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts and was the Boy Scout Mayor in El Paso, Texas. In the area of human rights, he defended people who were targeted by the McCarthy era hysteria, marched with Martin Luther King for civil rights and voting rights, advocated for peace and nonviolence and was a draft counselor during the Vietnam War era, promoted women's reproductive rights, performed same sex marriages for LBGT couples, supported the United Farmworkers union, and supported the Sanctuary movement for refugees from Central America. He had an interest in nature spirituality and was a founder of the deBenneville Pines Conference Center in the mountains of southern California, and of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness Unitarian Universalist Religious Association (SAWUURA) camp near Young, Arizona. He researched his family history, developed a database of Manker family members in the US, and wrote up histories of his family. He traveled all over the world with his family and learned about other cultures, peoples, and natural areas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Manker Jr, sister Pauline Gay, and son Wendell. He is survived by his wife Gretchen, his children and their spouses Katherine (Bruce Gardner), Raymond Jr (Patti Atchley). Susan (Curtiss Seale), and David (Larry Purifory). He is also survived by four grandchildren: Tiffany Brock, Nicholas Manker, Benjamin Manker-Seale, and Katie Choyguha, and three great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 2:00 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, 4027 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. Memorial donations may be made to the UU Congregation of Phoenix, or to the American Civil Liberties Union. Services were provided by Best Funeral Services.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 30, 2018 to Jan. 20, 2019
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