Kenneth Bookwalter ManleyAugust 10, 1920 ~ May 15, 2017 (age 96)
Kenneth B. Manley, of Lindon, Utah, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on May 15, 2017.
He was born August 10, 1920, to Elmer Cecil Manley and Jennie Eunice Bookwalter at home located on a 160 acre farm in Pawnee County, Nebraska. He was the second of three children. After graduating from Barneston High School, he went to sheet metal school in Lincoln, Nebraska. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp on December 28, 1942. He went through radio school, then gunnery school before joining a B-17 bomber crew. He and his crew were transported by ship to Fogia, Italy where they fought in the European Theater during World War II. They were shot down on his 11th mission while on their way to bombing the Polesti oil fields in Eastern Romania. He was missing in action for four months, traveling at night and hiding during the day in Yugoslavia. Eventually, he and his crew were rescued. He finally returned home with a Purple Heart.
After the war, he moved to Lindon, Utah, to work on a fruit farm. There he met his sweetheart, Betty Fage, the farm girl who lived next door. They were married March 29, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple after Kenneth joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From then on, Kenneth was an active member of the LDS church and served faithfully in many church callings. He enjoyed being a scout leader and home teacher, being in the presidency of the Elders Quorum, and serving as High Priest group leader. Most recently, he and Betty have been faithful in corresponding with ward missionaries and getting their plaques made for the ward showcase. Ken and Betty spent their entire married life in Lindon, Utah, and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Kenneth and Betty have five children Barbara Pulley (Lynn), Robert Manley (Donna), Cathy Ash (Kaylen), Alan Manley (Judy), and Alisa Morgan (Charles).
Kenneth retired from Geneva Steel after 35 years as a foreman in the rolling mills. He enjoyed many years of fishing, hunting, golfing, rock collecting, and listening to music. After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, rebuilding tractors, welding, and restoring old cars. In the winter, he enjoyed going to Quartzite, Arizona with Betty to take advantage of the warmer weather. His greatest joy was his family. He was very proud of his 5 children, 25 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and one more great-great-grandchild on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his two siblings, Elvaree McDonald and Jennie Rae Taylor, his great granddaughter, Aspen Ogden, and his great grandson, Dallin Mishler. He is survived by all his children, 58 grandchildren, and his great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 in the Lindon Twelfth Ward Chapel, 325 Canal Drive, Lindon, Utah. Family and friends may attend a viewing Friday evening from 6-8 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove and at the church on Saturday from 9:30-10:45 am prior to services. Interment will be at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.
We would like to express our gratitude to all the Encompass Home Health and Hospice employees who have cared for Kenneth with such love and compassion during the last days of his life. We would like to especially thank Kirk and Alfonso for their loyalty and loving care. You have all given us comfort and helped us to allow Kenneth to exit this life with the grace and dignity he deserved.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.