William “Bill” Manning

January 11, 1946 ‒ August 21, 2019

Ashley, Ohio

William “Bill” Manning, 73, of Delaware passed away Wednesday evening, August 21, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born January 11, 1946 in Marion to the late Howard and Frances (Tennyhill) Manning and later graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1965. On August 26, 1965, Bill married the love of his life, Elexus Joann Kuhn.

A Delaware resident since 1967, Bill began his 29 year career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol at the Delaware Post. He retired in 1996 after a 2 year battle of ice and snow storms. He chose to stay warm and dry at home and let the younger troopers slide. After retiring, Bill became an umpire for OHSAA Baseball. A highly sought after umpire, Bill enjoyed the older, more vocal games, where he could warn/eject players for inappropriate language and behavior.

Bill enjoyed camping at Lake Erie and vacations at Cape Cod, Charleston, South Carolina and Gettysburg numerous times. His talent with wood was shown by the many clocks and furniture given to his children and many others. If something needed repaired, Bill did it himself or had “eagle eyes” as he sat and watched the repairman.

Bill was the best husband, father of 4, grandfather of 16, and foster parent to about 150 in Delaware, Marion, and Licking counties.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Joann; children, Tricia (Mark) Morrow, Darrin (Jess) Manning and Alicia (William) Anderson; grandchildren, Austin (Magan) Manning, Elizabeth, Madalynn, Lesley and Thorton Kimes, Lexi, Westin, and Cameron Manning, Ezra and Holly Southwick, and Jeb, Tessla, Maggie, Leigh, and Sarah Anderson; brother, Tom Manning of Marion; sister, Patti Blankley of Marion; special people in Bill’s family are Bobby Kimes and Austin Southwick.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 12 – 1 pm at the Delaware Christian Church, 2280 W. William Street, Delaware and where services celebrating Bill’s life will follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Sam Rosa officiating. Burial will be in Marlborough Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Manning family.

To share a fond memory of Bill or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Sally and I send our heartfelt sympathy to the Manning family.
    Bill and I worked together for many years.
    Ret. Sgt Steve Stevenson

  • Rest In Peace Bill. Thank you for your dedicated service to the Patrol and the citizens of Ohio. Blessings to your family.
    Ret. Col. Thomas W. Rice

  • Eileen and I send our deepest sympathies to the entire Manning family. Bill and I worked together for over twenty years at the Delaware Patrol Post. He was a hard worker and close friend and was much admired for his dedication and love of family.

    Ret. Sgt. Roger Massie

  • My condolences to the family of a great man. I always loved working with Bill. He was a practical, common-sense, generous Trooper, who could tell great and funny stories, and was fun to run in to unexpectedly at stores and anywhere else after he retired. The motorists of Ohio, along with the rest of us, were lucky to have him on the job.

    Thanks for sharing him all those years,

    Pete Ruffing

  • Thank you Bill (777) for being the best example for all of us. We could not have accomplished our mission at the Delaware Patrol Post (21) without your dedicated service. 279 to 777 thank you and your family for making all of us aware of how we should live our lives.

  • Deepest sympathies to the Manning family. I served with Bill for 2 years at the Delaware Post in the early 80’s. He had a profound impact on a young trooper’s career simply by the way he conducted himself. I learned a great deal about pride and professionalism by being around him. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelations 21:4

  • What wonderful memories written into the obituary, noted to be interwoven into the lives of Bill and his family. May you continue to be blessed with the memories left behind by Bill’s passing, even though the hole in your hearts from his passing feels like a huge void. RIP, Bill; Sincere condolences to all who mourn Bill’s leaving earth…Til You Meet Again. Denise L. Clair, former OSHP Dispatcher, currently residing in Melbourne Australia.

  • Well done thou good and faithful servant. Rest in peace Bill you’ve earned it. Our condolences to the entire Manning family.

  • May friends bring you and your family comfort, may family bring you love, and may memories bring you peace at this time of personal loss. Life is changed, not taken away. May the compassion of our Lord fill you with consolation.
    Nancy Townley

  • What can you say about losing a man whose sense of humor was drier than the Sahara Desert, whose exterior was tougher than a suit of Kevlar and titanium armor, and whose heart and love for his family was larger than the state of Texas? I had the great pleasure (although at times it could be very frustrating) to have Bill as a mentor at Post 21. He challenged me, tormented me, and at the very same time supported me as I learned the intricacies of what it meant to be an Ohio State Trooper. I appreciated the fact that when you dealt with Bill, you always knew exactly where you stood! There are not many people that I came to respect more than him. His pranks were legendary….like the time Murph tried to surprise Bill by cleaning out his cruiser and Bill told him that the ashes he had discarded out of the ashtray were those of his father. Too funny! Old U-777 will be greatly missed but certainly never forgotten.

  • Linda and I send our sympathy to the Manning family. I first met Bill while in the academy in 1967. We begin working together at post 21 in 1968. He was an amazing coach and influenced the lives of many. 1005 to 777, RIP

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