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James D. Manning

May 31, 1946 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 76)
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James D. Manning, 76, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his home in Paw Paw, September 11, 2022. Jim was born in Paw Paw on May 31, 1946. He was a 1964 graduate of Paw Paw High School and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following his return from the Air Force, Jim married the love of his life, Nancy (Martin) Manning. Together the couple started their family in Lawton where Jim spent much of his time with service to the community. His service included the Lawton Fire Department where he served as assistant Chief and Chief. Later in life Jim and Nancy built a new home in Paw Paw near his family's Centennial Farm in Almena Township. Jim had a passion for flying which led him to the development of the Almena Airstrip. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He retired from the Local 7 Sheet Metal Union. 

Along with his loving wife of 55 years, Jim is survived by his two children, Steven (Sheri) Manning and Lisa (Kip) DeVall, two grandchildren, Dylan DeVall and Dayton DeVall. He was preceded in death by his parents, Darcy and Edna Manning, his sister, Marcia Madgyesi and his grandson, Riley Manning. 

Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw. There will be a celebration of Jim's life held Friday, September 16, at 11:00 a.m. at the Almena United Methodist Church with Rev. Len Schoenherr officiating. Immediately following the service there will be a luncheon in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will be private at Almena Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Centrica Care Navigators (formerly Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan), Saint Mary Catholic School or to the Almena United Methodist Church. 


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September 15, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Celebration of Life
September 16, 2022

11:00 AM
Almena United Methodist Church
27503 C.R. 375
Paw Paw, MI 49079


Centrica Care Navigators
7100 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo MI 49009
Tel: 1-269-345-0273

Saint Mary Catholic School
508 East Paw Paw Street, Paw Paw MI 49079

Almena United Methodist Church
27503 C.R. 375, Paw Paw MI 49079
Tel: 1-269-668-2811

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