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Lester E. Manley, 77, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2012, in St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born on Thursday, July 5, 1934, in Adams County, the son of the late Chauncey O. and Mary M. (Julian) Manley. He married Audrey E. Gephart on October 9, 1955, in Adams County.
Lester was a 1953 graduate of Pleasant MIlls High School and he attended Pleasant Mills United Methodist Church.
He retired from Navistar in September of 2005 with 47 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Audrey E. Manley, of Decatur; his daughters, Carolyn (Randy) Hower of Decatur; Barbara (Dennis) Dellinger, of Jackson, Mich.; LeAnn (John) Marbach of Decatur; a son, Gerald (Linda) Manley of Reno, Nev.; his sisters, Mildred Wolfe of Berne; Marcile (Leonard) King of Decatur; a brother, Kenneth Manley of Decatur; and sister, Velma (Jim) Penrod of Bluffton; 11 grandchildren; Kari (Troy) Burkholder; Jamie (Jeff) Elzey; Amie Manley; Jody (Robb) Wilson; Michael (Emily) Hower; Timothy (Carley) Hower; Collette Agler; Graham Dellinger; Meghan Marbach; Amanda Marbach; and Lukas Marbach; and six great-grandchildren, Braxton Wilson; Owen Lee; Adelyn Hower; Aleena Hower; Gideon Hower; and Moses Hower.
Preceding Lester in death were a son, Gary Manley, in 1984; six sisters, Violet Roe; Jean Cook; Edna Manley; Mable Miller; Lois Kaufman; and Esther Cook; and two brothers; Glen and Richard Manley.
Friends will be received from 1-4 and 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 29, in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, also at the funeral home, with Pastor Michelle Isch officiating.
Interment will follow in Decatur Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Bread of Life Food Pantry through the Monroe United Methodist Church.