Kenneth Ray Manning, age 84, of Stanton, formerly of Morehead, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester.
Born September 11, 1936, in Rowan County, he was a son of the late Earnest Clinton and Virgie Lambert Manning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Alan Ray Manning; a daughter, Rhonda Booher; a grandson, Ryan Farmer; and three brothers, Earnest Clinton Manning Jr., Hollie D. Manning, and John Paul Manning; and three sisters, Joyce Turvy, Ruth Caudill, and Shelby Manning.
He is survived by his wife, Violet Timm Manning, whom he wed November 23, 1963; two daughters, Medora Farmer and husband Rick and Teresa Stidam and husband Shannon, all of Stanton; four grandchildren, Monica MacGeen, Jessica Yarber, Matthew Manning, and Jared Farmer; and five great grandchildren, August Parrish, Boone Bailey, Alleigh Manning, Magnus MacGeen, and Hadley Ward.
Other survivors include a brother, Levon Manning of Morehead; a sister, Nona Bartell of Reeds Spring, Missouri; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; extended family; and friends.
As a young man, Kenneth began working in his hometown of Morehead showing horses at county fairs and The Red Mile with Sach Meadows. At 18, he went to work at Columbia Gulf Transmission and after 30 years retired as Superintendent. He later purchased a travel agency and he and his wife worked as agents and enjoyed many travels and adventures. His hobby of flying and instructing students was a big joy in his life. He also enjoyed retirement on his houseboats and entertaining many family members and friends. He loved it so much he made his current houseboat his residence at Green River Lake in Campbellsville until recently. He made many friends and great relationships through his love of flying, boating, and cooking. Most of all, he was passionate about his family. He loved to have his family together and make fun of his sons-in-law.
A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Marjorie Lehman and Rachel Hilderbrand presiding. The service will be livestreamed at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Facebook Page beginning at 2 p.m.
Burial will follow in Ditney Cemetery. Pallbearers: Kenny Yarber, Jared Farmer, Matt Manning, David Manning, Boone Bailey, and August Parrish. Honorary Pallbearers: Tom Dabney, Gene Morton, Ray Snowden, Brad Bennett, Fred Lancaster, Jerry Colley, and all his boating friends and co-workers.
Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Friends of Powell County Pets Animal Rescue, P. O. Box 474, Stanton, KY 40380.
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