John Manning (Little John)

Oscoda, Michigan
October 22, 1947 - April 29, 2021

Service Location

Oscoda United Methodist Church

Services

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 8th at 1 PM at the Oscoda United Methodist Church.

Obituary Notice

Our Dearest Papa, John Manning (Little John), passed away on Thursday, April 29th, 2021. Our hearts are breaking, but we know we’ll meet again on Heaven’s shore.
John was born in Detroit, Michigan, October 22, 1947, and moved to Oscoda with his family in 1969. He became involved with the community as a coach for the Boy’s Soccer team, and a volunteer for Crisis Intervention.
John had several jobs in the community, working at The Pack House, The Greenbush Tavern, The Red Rooster, and in 1984 he went to work for Baylock Mfg., which became ITT Automotive, which became Cooper Standard. He retired from Cooper in 2003.
John is survived by his wife, Sandra, of 31 years. His daughter Angelynn (Eric) Ackerman, his son Jesse Manning, son Maury Tesdahl, daughter Heather Uller. His sisters, Gaye Ranger, Melody Manning, Joy (David) Underwood. Two grandbabies, Lucas and Wyatt Ackerman. Nieces and nephews, Carol Walewski, Tim Huggard, Scott, Todd and Elizabeth Underwood. Beloved great nieces and nephews and many cousins.
John volunteered with several organizations. The AuSable/Oscoda Historical Society, The Oscoda Flower Club, The Oscoda Writers Group, The Shoreline Players, The Tawas Bay Players, and Emmanual Mission Homeless Shelter. He loved people and getting out there and mingling. Most of all, he loved to see people laugh.
He had a great love for all types of music, especially Blues and Jazz, and The Gaither Vocal Band. He loved talk-radio, gardening, sewing patches on his old blue jeans, food, travel, and acting. John had a deep and abiding faith in God. He seldom talked about it, he was never one to preach, but he walked his faith with love, and it poured out on all who knew him.
John suffered from Ostiogenesis Imperfecta (The Brittle Bone Disease), as do his children and grandchildren. He broke his legs many times, and spent long months in the hospital and in heavy plaster casts, but with his quirky sense of humor, he was always reaching out, making nurses laugh and bringing joy to all.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made online to the Ostiogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. May 1-8 is Ol Awareness Week.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 8th at 1 PM at the Oscoda United Methodist Church.
He will be so greatly missed for years to come, words cannot tell! “Until we meet again, Sweetheart.” <3 <3 <3

Memorials

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made online to the Ostiogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. May 1-8 is Ol Awareness Week.

Condolences

Little Johnny, you made such a huge impact in my life. Your humor and your charisma will always be imbedded in my heart along with your carefree spirit. Gone but never ever forgotten. Until we meet in the other side, my friend.
— Wanda Mayberry
You will be missed,it is a loss to the world.
— Debbie howick
J. Wendall. I have no words. Nothing better than dancing in the arms of our Lord.
— Trudy Mousseau
John you was and will always be a good friend to me and my family and a lot of people that came each year to the Pow Wow .
For 13 years that I ran a group here in Oscoda and put on the Gagaguwon Pow Wow John would come and help one of the things John would do each year is set long hour's look after the paryer fire for all that that wanted to come to it .
He will be missed by many people who talk with him there each year.
Sometimes he would just stop by to see how i was doing and I love him for that .
John me and my family will miss seeing you , but we know we can talk to you at any time .
Baamaapii my friend / till next time my friend
— Nimkee Joe Ireland
Lil John we shared an office for a very long time, you were my friend my counselor my brother my heart. Your personality was so large no one or anything could knock that sparkle from your eyes. You were bigger than life and stole a piece of my heart, I’m broken I’ve lost a brother and now the only person I’ve ever considered my bestest friend. Take care sweet buddy and give that son of mine a hug. Miss you!
— Tomi
Rest in Peace little John. .. you'll be missed Brother. .... Greenbush Days ....
— Robert Younk & Daughter Tiffany
You brought joy into every room and your love is shown in the smiles of your children. Rest in Paradise kind sir.
— Bryce and Stephanie Haglund
RIP Little John! Your laughter and love showed no limits!
— Nancy A Wrobel

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