Dr. William O. Manning
Dr. William O. Manning 80, peacefully passed away February 22, 2007, while writing his acceptance letter to the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Bettie and his children, Steve, Linda, Patrick (Buck) and Tom; grandchildren, Carl, Chelsea, Anna, Blake, Kristyn and Jake; daughters-in-law, Janell, Sue and Lynn. His 36-year career as a respected teacher, wrestling coach, drivers ed instructor, athletic director, principal and school board member in the Wayzata Minnesota School District led him to his distinguishable and passionate work in the field of family counseling and chemical-dependency intervention. He and his wife moved to Tucson in 1989, where he continued his dedication to families through his work with Charter Hospital, Parent's Anonymous, Casa da Vita, The Federal Prison, and La Frontera. He was also fondly recognized as the neighborhood Santa Claus, and his boisterous voice that always offered a positive and comforting "Hello". A memorial and a celebration of his life will be held at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church on Thursday, March 1st, at 10:30 a.m. Charitable donations will be accepted for Casa de la Luz Hospice and the Santa Catalina Catholic Church. Everyday Bill, Dad and Grandpa lived by, "How you feel about yourself today, is what life is all about."
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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Feb. 27, 2007.
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Grandpa I miss you so much and I wish I could of spent more time with you. I know your watching down on everyone and keeping us safe. I love you so much.
Kristyn Manning
March 23, 2007
To the Manning Family,
Sending you heartfelt sympathy from Minnesota. I agree with Dave, look out Heaven !, Bill and Egon are together again!! They were "once in a lifetime guys" and will never be forgotten. I will always remember Bill calling all us Andersen kids "Andy" when we were in the High School. :)
Take Good Care and God Bless,

Kay Andersen (Esler)
Kay Andersen (Esler)
March 7, 2007
Bill was my wrestling coach from 7th through 9th grade. I wish it could have been longer. I still remember my first tournament and Bill giving me a whack on the rear as I went out to wrestle a guy who had beaten me earlier. He said the earlier loss was a fluke.
I was thinking "What's a fluke?" as I walked out on the mat. Wonderful coach and an even better human being.
Thanks Bill,
Pat Schrader
March 5, 2007
We were sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We loved seeing and talking to him when he came into the
store. He was always so nice and cheerful. He will greatly missed!
The Fry's Pharmacy Crew
March 3, 2007
Dearest Linda and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad! I have such great memories of our high school days and "your dad the principal" My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family!
Friends Forever!!!
Libbi (Potter) Windorski
March 2, 2007
Bettie, Steve, Linda and the entire Manning family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We feel so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend some time with Bill in Tucson over the last few years. Watch out everyone in Heaven, Bill and Egon are back together again!

Dave and Mary Andersen
David Andersen
March 1, 2007
Mrs. Manning,

I was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. As a member of the WHS Class of 1981, we were always honored to have had Dr. Manning "graduate" with us as he began his retirement. I returned to WHS as a teacher and would love when Bill returned to the school for visits. He always greeted me with a big smile and a huge hug. He made everyone feel so special.

He will be missed!
Sue (Anderson) Iverson
March 1, 2007
Dear Bettie, I was saddened ti hear about Bill's passing. He was a great coach an mentor. He taught me the meaning of "character." I was a member of the 1953 State Wrestling Championship team, thanks to Bill.
Jerry Baker
February 28, 2007
To all the Manning Family,
My sincere condolences on the loss of Bill. We were classmates at West High School in Waterloo, Iowa.
Arnett Bening
February 27, 2007
Dear Buck and Family,
I was very sorry to hear the passing of your father. He was always larger than life person, whom I greatly admired. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers,
Jeff LaRose
February 27, 2007
Dear Manning Family,

It has been a long long time since I last saw Bill. However, he was a friend from high school and I had the prevelege of being on the same wrestling team as one of our state champions.
I remember him well.

So sorry for your loss
Ike Oren
February 27, 2007
Manning Families,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Patti and family
Patti Bloomquist - Tiffany
February 27, 2007
To The Manning Family,
Dr. Manning was a wonderful mentor and student advocate at Wayzata High School. I will always remember him because he took the time to ask me into his office before graduation to get a correct understanding on how to pronounce my last name - it really made me feel that he cared about my feelings. Dr. Manning - I’ll always remember my high school years as some of the best years of my life because of your guidance. Sue Szulczewski – Class of 1977
Sue Szulczewski
February 27, 2007
Dear Bettie, I am so saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill was a great mentor to Paul at Wayzata HS. Paul had so much respect for Bill. I have fond memories of fun times with you and Bill! My sympathy to you and your family.
Ardella Ditty
Ardella Ditty
February 27, 2007
Dear Bettie,
We are so sorry for your loss and send you our sympathy. Bill touched the lives of many people at WHS and in our community---and always wore a smile.
Mary and Bob Wrase
February 27, 2007
Dear Manning Family
Our hearthfelt sympathy to all of the Manning family.We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers, especially Bucky. Love from the LaRose Family.
Aloris LaRose
February 26, 2007
Dear Manning Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you! Dr. Manning has always had a special place in my heart. He was my mentor at Wayzata High School and I always looked up to him!

Wayzata High School Class of 1982
Kris Cooley
February 26, 2007
Bill and Grandpa Bill,
We will always have you in our hearts and we know you are looking after us in Heaven. Thanks for being such a wonderful father in law and super grandpa. We will miss you very much.
Love you Always,
Lynn, Jake, & Kristyn
Lynn Manning
February 26, 2007
Dear Bucky and Family:

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the loss of your dear Dad. The deep love, admiration and gratitude you feel for your father will never leave your heart and mind. Therefore ... you will be comforted in all of the days of your life. May God also comfort and bless you.

Love and friendship,

Lynn Gilgrist Engel
February 26, 2007
Bill, we will miss you. Love and best wishes to Bettie, the kids, and grandchildren. Greg and Jule Larson
Greg Larson
February 26, 2007