Earl Fredrick Manning

Earl Fredrick Manning

–  06/27/2020


Earl Fredrick Manning, 92, of Villa Park, IL, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, June 27, 2020.  He is survived by his wife Viola Manning; daughter Cynthia Manning (Don Drumm); nephew James Manning (Diane); niece Donna Tucker (Jim); niece Laura Beveridge and niece Lisa LaRusso (Jeff). 


Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 7, 1927, Earl served in the Merchant Marines during WWII.  He was drafted into the Army in 1950 and served during the Korean War until 1952.  Once discharged, he rejoined the Merchant Marines and was once again on the water.  Earl got to see the world during those years and was inspired as a lifelong numismatist.


Once out of the service, Earl spent his entire working career in the accounting department of what has now become RR Donnelley.  He loved classical music and had it playing in the background daily.  Earl met his wife of 59 years, Viola A. Manning (Magnuson) while playing the recorder (a wooden musical instrument).  They played together in groups and at Renaissance Faires for 50 years.  Earl also played the bassoon, crumhorn, rakett, violin,clarinet and tuba. He played the tuba in a senior band until just a few years ago.He was an avid reader until finally losing his sight to macular degeneration in his 80’s.  Earl was back on the water in his own small sailboat during the 1970’s.  He was prone to acts of kindness and generosity to his family and had a dry sense of humor, enjoying telling stories of his “paper route” as a child-delivering toilet paper to the bathrooms in the rooming houses that his parents ran.


Due to COVID-19, services are private.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.







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1 comment

  1. Condolences and love on the passing of Earl and Vi. Earl’s place in the New Horizon’s Band goes back to the 1990’a when first joined. He was a beloved man first most and always. An accomplished musician — a thrill to hear him perform. He never confided that he once played the clarinet; nevertheless he was an inspiration. Our band sorely missed his presence when he couldn’t make rehearsals and concerts anymore. Sympathy, prayers, and love — be comforted in the memories of his goodness,

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