In Memory of

Donald Dean Manley

November 9, 1928 - April 6, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Donald Dean Manley

Donald Dean Manley

Born: November 9, 1928
Died: April 6, 2021
Age: 92

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Donald Dean Manley was born November 9th, 1928 in Calumet Iowa to Thomas T. and Frances W. (Lorenzen) Manley. He was a twin to Dorothy Jean (Manley) Cooper. Don grew up on a farm south of Primghar and attended grade school and high school in nearby Gaza. He was active in 4-H and High School sports, especially baseball and basketball.

On September 28th, 1949 Don married Delores Alice Luhrs in Primghar Iowa.  For the first seven years of their marriage they lived with Don’s paternal grandfather, Jesse Manley, helping him with his farm south of Primghar.  During that time Don and Delores’ three sons were born. In 1957 Don and Delores moved east of Primghar where they farmed for a number of years. In the mid 60’s Don and Delores moved to Primghar. In the early 70’s Don built a new home in south Primghar. Delores passed away suddenly in March of 1978.  

After moving to Primghar Don’s employment included working at the Primghar wagon factory, the packing plant in Cherokee Iowa, and finally as a Road Supervisor for O’Brien County; the job he retired from after 20 years.

Don was a quiet man with a great smile and laugh.  He enjoyed golfing, playing cards and fishing. He was active in the Masons for many years. 

Don was married to Shirley Stahl from 1978 to 1990. 

Don married Ellen Farrell in 1991.  Don and Ellen retired to McAllen, Texas in the early 90’s. Together they enjoyed their home at Adobe Wells for many years: golfing, shooting pool and playing cards. While in McAllen, they loved family visits and traveling across the border into Mexico. During their years in McAllen, they would spend the summer months in Northwest Iowa, either in Primghar or Spencer.

In 2017, Don moved to the St. Luke’s Assisted Living facility in Spencer Iowa where he passed away April 6th, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

Don is survived by his wife Ellen; three sons, Dennis (Mary) Manley, Spencer, Iowa; Phillip (Kathy) Manley, Cerulean, Kentucky; and Jeff (Rita) Manley, Sturgis, South Dakota; many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren one great-great grandchild, and four step-sons: Clete Farrell, John (Donna) Farrell, Craig Farrell and Ed Farrell. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delores; his second wife Shirley, his parents; an older brother, T. Lee Manley, his twin sister Dorothy J. Cooper and a step-son Joel.


A family graveside service will be held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Primghar Iowa on April 17, 2021 at 10:00 am.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Primghar, Iowa


Monday, April 19, 2021 at 1:26 PM
“Denny, Phil And Jeff,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Don. I am very sad I wasn't able to make the trip up there for a final goodbye. He was a great person to everyone around him. He was a tough ole bird to out live all other Aunts and Uncles on our side of the Family Tree. Thank you for all the great memories of family get togethers growing up.
From the Coopers in Texas.... RIP Uncle Don . We will really miss you.
- Randy J. Cooper
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“Dear Denny, Mary and Family. We are sorry for your loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you. Mike & Mary”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“Very sorry for your family's loss..... he was an amazing man!! Always had a lot of great times in Texas over the many years. Deepest sympathies....prayers and many thoughts for all of you! ”
- Julia Farrell
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“Denny and family,
So so to hear about your father. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Bill and Judy Engeltjes Vlietstra”
- Judy Vlietstra
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Denny Mary & family-sorry to hear of loss of your Dad.
My sympathy & prayers to you! Deb”
- Deborah Johnson
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Denny, Phil and Jeff,
I am so sorry to hear about your father. He was a great man and he had a wonderful life. I have such wonderful memories of your parents. Thinking of all of you. It's never easy to lose a parent no matter how old they are. RIP Don.”
- Judy Coleman
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:07 PM
“Ellen and the 3 boys,
My sympathy to you all on the loss of Don. Denny was a school classmate of mine and a distant relative and I believe Delores mother was a Westphal. I think Denny missed our 50th class reunion in 2018. Rhonda Westphal”
- Rhonda Westphal
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“So sorry to hear of Dons passing. He was one of many highlights of my job at st.Luke’s/Riverview Terrace... Always asking after me , how I was... so sorry for your loss. ”
- Amy Laird
Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“Sorry for your loss Denny. We know how much you loved and cared for your dad! May the Lord wrap his arms around him and may he rest in peace.

- Sheldon & Mary Olson
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:50 PM
“Denny we were so sorry to hear about your Dad, we'll keep you in our thoughts and in our prayers.
Steve & Cheryl”
- Cheryl Schoof
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:09 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss, Don was just a wonderful person, always positive and happy. We really enjoyed the time we spent with him here in St.lukes. He going to be missed dearly. My deepest sympathy to his family. ”
- Nadia Banashak
Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“Had a lot of good times Buddy ”
- DonGapinski
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