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George Haase Manning Sr., a retired warehouseman and active Elks Club member, died Saturday of leukemia at his home in Centreville, Queen Anne's County.

He was 81.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Manning, the son of a shipyard worker and homemaker, spent his early years growing up near Ednor Gardens before moving to Annapolis in 1936.

He was a 1949 graduate of Annapolis High School and enlisted in the Army, where he served in the infantry from 1951 to 1953.

Mr. Manning worked for 30 years at the International Harvester Co. warehouse and distribution center on Washington Boulevard until retiring in 1981.

The longtime Severna Park resident was an active member of the Severna Park Elks Lodge, where he had been selected Elk of the Year twice.

He enjoyed playing poker and was an Orioles and Ravens fan.

He also liked spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Manning was diagnosed with the leukemia that claimed his life a week before his death.

"After being told his diagnosis, he told us that he had 'lived a good life,' " said a daughter, Deborah Lyons George of Stevensville.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Gov. Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Also surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Madeline Beall; a son, George H. Manning Jr. of Severna Park; another daughter, Sharon Manning of Severna Park; a sister, Betty Dyson of Centreville; and two grandchildren.

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