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Roger Patrick Manning was born on March 16, 1951 in Turner, Kansas to Andrew and Francis Manning. On Monday, April 13, 2015 Roger lost his 5 year cancer struggle with his fiancé Kim Farley by his side in their Greenwood, MO home. He leaves behind fiance’ Kim Farley and her son Austin; daughters Natalie (Ken) Kesselring, Jessica Manning (Mike Gates); sisters Sharyn (Gene) Lodes, Eileen Manning, Debbie Blair; grandchildren Grant Kesselring, Isabella Welty; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
Roger began his life as an athlete, spending much of his early childhood years at Turner Gym as a gymnist. He had a passion for rebuilding cars – corvettes remained his ride of choice. After working as a butcher at G2M he opened Roger’s Warehouse Foods in Laurie, MO – the very first wholesale grocery store of its time. One of his greatest accomplishments was Founder and Owner of Register Receipt Advertising, “creating a space to be great in”. He cherished his coworkers and regarded them as his second family.
Many dedicated years were spent as a leader of Toastmasters becoming a very accomplished speaker. Roger was a black-belt in Hap Ki Do, mentoring and instructing many youths. After obtaining his private pilot license in March 2009, Roger and Kim enjoyed many trips together.
He will be remembered for his contagious smile, positivity, generosity and perseverance. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm at Unity Village in the Silent Unity Chapel, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO.