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The Rev. Richard E. Manning, a Lutheran pastor, died Nov. 17.
The Rev. Richard E. Manning, a Lutheran pastor, died Nov. 17. (HANDOUT)

The Rev. Richard Eugene “Dick” Manning. a retired Lutheran pastor, died of pneumonia Nov. 17 at Seasons Hospice at Sinai Hospital. He was 88 and had lived in the Augsburg Lutheran Home.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Thomas Manning, an Otis Elevator employee, and Mary Manning, a homemaker. He was a 1948 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree at Gettysburg College and an additional degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

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He was ordained by the Maryland Synod of the Lutheran Church in America in 1954.

Mr. Manning served parishes in Boonsboro, Oxon Hill, Cumberland and Parkville, where he was pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church until he retired in 1997. He then joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lutherville, where he occasionally preached.

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He served on the boards of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg and was a past chairman of the chaplaincy department and on the board of governors at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. He was also a past board member of the Western Maryland Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Manning was an avid reader and history buff. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and telling jokes, family members said.

He donated his body to medical research through the Maryland Anatomy Board.

Services were held Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lois Dietz, a former administrator in the treasurer’s office at Towson University; a son, Michael Manning of Jefferson in Frederick County; three daughters, Susan Heyman of Elkridge, Sandra Manning of Columbia and Kathy Manning of Norfolk, Va.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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