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John L. Manley, age 90, of Carrington, ND, formerly of Pingree, ND, died Monday, November 23, 2020, at Golden Acres Manor, Carrington, of COVID-19. John Leslie Manley, was born January 26, 1930, in Woodworth, ND, to Wayne and Mabel (Greenlund) Manley.

His family lived on different farm sites and went to rural school in Pipestem Valley and Roundtop. Later receiving his 8th grade diploma from Pingree School in 1944. In March of 1949, he joined the Navy serving two years. On September 20, 1955, John was united in marriage to Shirley M. Schlesser in Arcadia, WI.

They farmed there until 1963, before moving back to the family farm west of Pingree, ND. Together they were blessed with 8 children. In 1985, John and Shirley moved to Carrington, ND. John worked various farm jobs and for the Red River Valley Railroad. Meanwhile, Shirley worked as a nurse.

Shirley died October, 14, 2002. John was united in marriage on November 5, 2008, to Carol Brown in Carrington, ND.

In 2017, John entered assisted living and later Golden Acres Manor nursing home in Carrington until his death.

John was the oldest of four children, he farmed and ranched his whole life. John was of an era that had seen a lot of changes in life as well as in farming. At a young age, he hauled bundles with teams of horses for thrashing machines.

John and Shirley had 8 children, but rarely was there only 8 for suppers and overnights. Their home was a gathering place for many neighbor kids.  John and Shirley were great role models for their children growing up on the farm. John loved his children and grandchildren as well as Carols’ family as he always thought of them as his own.

John enjoyed collecting old tractors, fishing, and riding bike. John served on many boards throughout his life. Johns’ Christian faith was an important part of his life. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Pingree for many years, and later a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carrington, ND.

John is survived by his children, Mike Manley, Mitchell, NE, Betty (Duane) Price of Center, ND, Mary (Andy) Anderson of Jamestown, ND, Steve (Robbin) Manley of Jamestown, ND, Faith (Ron) Nord of Adams, ND.  Daughter-in-law, Marge (Pat) McFadden, Fergus Falls, MN. Son-in-law, Ken Wolf, Las Vegas, NV. 26 Grandchildren and 37 Great-Grandchildren. A brother, Harold (Joanne) Manley of Arcadia, WI; a sister, Nora Moran of Jamestown, ND; and a sister-in-law, Bev Manley of Carrington, ND.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Shirley; and his second wife, Carol Brown; a son, Tom Manley; two daughters, Julie Molgard and Kathy Wolf; grandchildren, Jessie Manley Danielson and George Manley. A brother, Lee Manley; and brother-in-law, Bob Moran.

In Lieu of Flowers, please make memorials to:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
663 1st St S, Carrington, ND 58421


His Private Funeral Service will be Friday, November 27, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington.

Burial will be at the Pingree Cemetery, Pingree, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Mike, Betty, Mary, Steve, and Faith our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  2. John is a very special person. Many fond memories of life on the farm.

  3. To the family of John my prayers are with you and your family he was one of my favorite residents at the home we picked on each other to keep one of us in line! My heart is saddened I will cherish those memories each and everyday. May God Bless all of the Manley Family.

  4. John was a second father to all the area kids! He will be missed by all that knew him. Gods Speed John.

  5. So very sorry to hear. Mike, Betty, Mary, Steve, Faith, no one has to tell you what a very special man your Dad was and what a good friend he was to our parents. I remember our Dad in the hospital and the two of us, 12 and 9 years old at the time, trying to get our Case combine running to harvest oats. We looked up to see your Dad with his combine, leading the crew that had come to do our harvest. May God comfort you all in this time.

  6. So sorry for your loss. It’s hard to so many of that generation gone. Take care and God Bless!

  7. I am very sorry for your loss. Condolences from the Boyle’s.

  8. Our sympathy to your family. We appreciated your parents immensely when I worked at Tri-County/Northern Plains Electric. John was always interested in others; a very thoughtful fellow. May you find comfort in fond memories.

    Claire and Jill

  9. Heaven gained a beautiful angel yesterday. John and Shirley were 2 amazing people. He will be sadly missed by all. They were adopted grandparents to all the kids in the neighborhood before we lost Shirley. God Bless all his dear children, grandchildren and the rest of his family. RIP JOHN.

  10. John was a kind, wonderful and gentle soul! I remember him always riding bike by my parents house when he lived over by them, and it was always a pleasure when he stopped to visit. I am so sorry for your loss, may you hold tight to those memories and take comfort that you had one of the BEST in your lives.

  11. Manley family: our deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of John. He and your Mom were wonderful neighbors to us on 4th Street. It was all he could do to not pitch in when our son and his friend were working on Roger’s 1972 Chevelle. Dad Ralph Schlotman so enjoyed when John took him to the Beckley cattle drive out west. He was such a kind soul. May his military service be cherished forever as well. We were all better to call your parents our friends. May God give you strength for the days ahead.

  12. Mike, Betty, Mary, Steve, and Faith – we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s death. Chuck and I remember John: A gentleman who was calm and steady; quiet and decisive; and above all grateful and loving. May you be comforted by fond memories of your Dad. Chuck and Lorraine DeRemer

  13. Our family has fond memories of John. We remember him recruiting us to help clean the cemetery at Round Top years ago. He was always helping others. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

  14. Jean and Joe Carson, (sister to Shirley and John), are with you all in Prayers. May they both be in Gods hands. Bless everyone in your time of sorrow.

  15. Thank you all for posting your condolences. It gives me a lot of peace reading your fond memories of my grandpa, a man I loved and respected and admired so much. It pains me to not be able to be home with my family, but I’m finding my community in these comments. Thank you to Sacred Hearth Catholic Church for caring for our family during this time.

  16. Family of John Manley,

    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your sweet Dad. My folks always enjoyed getting together with your folks for coffee and visiting. And my Mom and your Dad would always be whistling or hollering at each other from down the street or in a store. May you cherish all the wonderful memories you have of your Dad. Many thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Take care.

  17. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Uncle John will be remembered as a sharp card player and being a jokester. He always had a tale to tell. He will be missed

  18. May your Dad rest in God’s hands. Uncle John you were the kindest person in world.

  19. Mike and family, sorry to hear of your fathers passing! Sending you all our thoughts and prayers!

    Liz and Brad Kapp

  20. With you in thought today. I know you will all miss your Dad so very much.

  21. Manley Family: Our thought and prayers are with you.

  22. Mike & Family so sorry to see your father has passed. Losing our parents does leave a void no matter when… my thoughts are with you!!! HUGS

  23. Just watched John’s funeral Mass. Thank you for providing this to allow those who could not be with you in person to share in this moment. Love to all and our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May your memories help to heal your hearts – Hugs

    Bev & Carl Puterbaugh
    Jeff and Jason

  24. Manley Family,
    Praying for comfort for all of you. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent at the farm. Your folks were so welcoming and treated me as their own. A testament to their loving, humble kindness.

  25. Sorry to hear about John ,he was a good friend to my parents and everyone that knew him .
    prayers 🙏🙏🙏


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