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Merrill, Iowa

Dale B. Manning, 54, of Merrill, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at a hospital in Le Mars, Iowa.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5 with family visitation from 10-11 .a.m. at Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars. A private burial will be held at a later time. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 with a prayer service and memory sharing at 7 p.m. all at the funeral home. Dale was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and his family encourages you to wear green and gold at both celebrations in his honor. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.

Dale Brian Manning was born June 17, 1963, in Le Mars, the son of Milo F. and Margaret Jean (Dennler) Manning. He graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1981. Following high school, Dale spent his early career as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, logging over two million miles behind the wheel. After his rheumatoid arthritis prevented him from doing physical labor, Dale earned his degree in criminal justice from Bellevue University in 2005, with honors on the National Dean’s List. Next, he worked for the department of corrections and was currently serving as an in-home social worker for Family Solutions LLC.

He married his brown-eyed-girl, Teresa Rolling on April 30, 1988. His greatest joy was his two sons, JD and Ethan, and was lovingly known as “Uncle D” by many. Dale was known for his enormous heart, love of life and his contagious laugh. Once you met him, you were family – always welcomed and offered a cup of his infamous black lightning coffee.

Dale was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and maintained 33 years of sobriety. He mentored many by building relationships and leading by example. Not only did Dale take care of his own, he welcomed anyone in need into his family’s home and life. He served as a Boy Scout leader and little league coach. Dale also volunteered for the Merrill Fire Department and the Sioux City Drug Court and Council. He was a very passionate man with an all-or-none mentality. This was evident when it came to enjoying the outdoors with camping, fishing and hunting, as well as being a Green Bay Packer fanatic. Dale was a beloved member of the community and meant so much to so many.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa of Merrill; two sons, J.D. Manning of West Des Moines and Ethan Manning and fiancée, Susie Traylor of Sheridan, Wyo.; dog, Goose; best friend, Kenny J. Baack of Le Mars; three brothers, Larry (Edz) Manning of Fredric, Wis., Milo Dean Manning of Le Mars and Bob (Ginny) Manning of Marcus, Iowa; his sister, Donna Mamey of Le Mars; his mother-in-law, Eilene Rolling of Le Mars; his in-laws, Marlene Manning of Le Mars, Al (Cheryl) Rolling of Le Mars, Doug Rolling of Kissimmee, Fla., Jeff Rolling of Le Mars, Sue Jacobson of Merrill, Bruce (Heather) Rolling of Merrill and Julie Rolling and her husband, Jared Leising of Seattle and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milo F. and Margaret Jean Manning; two brothers, Tom and Nick Manning; his father-in-law, Jerry Rolling; his brother-in-law, Brian Rolling and his dogs, Megan Marie and Jumping Johnny Cash.

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