• Douglas J. Manning
    July 31,2014

    Douglas J. Manning

    EAST BARRE — Douglas J. Manning, 84, of Sunnyside Drive and formerly of Lower Websterville, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.

    Born on April 28, 1930, in Waterbury, he was the son of Wilbert Jeremiah and Avis Pearl (Perry) Manning. Doug attended schools in Duxbury and Middlebury and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1949.

    From 1952 to 1954, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan as an equipment operator.

    On June 25, 1955, Doug married Janice French in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in Lower Websterville for over 50 years. In 2009, they moved to East Barre to live with their daughter, Mary Haynes.

    In earlier years, he worked for the Wetmore-Morse Granite Quarry as a bucket operator. Doug later worked as an assistant purchasing agent for the Rock of Ages Corporation until his retirement.

    His memberships included the Websterville Baptist Church, where he had served as a trustee, the VFW MacKenzie-Webster Post 10 of Barre Town, the New England Ox Teamsters Association, and the Sno-Bees. He also served on the Barre Town Elementary School Board.

    Doug was a gentleman farmer, raising beef cattle and oxen. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, and showing and pulling his oxen in competitions.

    Survivors include his wife, Janice Manning, of East Barre; three daughters, Mary Haynes and her husband, Larry, of East Barre, Susan Hansmeier and her husband, Eric, of Keene, New Hampshire, and Sara Rochefort and her husband, Michael, of Panama City, Florida; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Geno and her husband, Stephen, William Haynes and his fiance, Tracy Laird, Matthew Rochefort and his wife, Holly, Jessica Bullock and her husband, Barrett, Jennifer Rochefort and her fiance, Ryan Damgaard, Sally Armantrout and her husband, Michael, and Thomas Hansmeier; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Brooks and her husband, James, of Northfield and Durinda Larivee and her husband, Ronald, of Florida; a brother, Perry Manning and his wife, Marcia, of Florida; nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Besides his parents, a grandson, Jeffrey Haynes, and a great-grandchild, Angel Haynes, predeceased him.

    His funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Websterville Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Wilson Cemetery in Websterville. Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Contributions in his memory may be made to the Woodridge Nursing home, c/o Jeannette Pickel, P.O. Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.

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