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Ralph E. Manlief, 74, of North Vernon passed away at 5:55 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 24, 1942, the son of Woodrow L. and Wanda Marie (Huey) Manlief. He was born and raised in Westport and has been a Jennings County resident since 1962. He graduated from Sandcreek High School in 1960.
He was a meat cutter for over 20 years at Just Rite, Clarkson's Market and Anderson Grocery. He was also a school bus driver since 1985.
Ralph was a member Sardinia Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Westport Community Building Board, Odd Fellow Lodge # 681, Trustee for Columbia Township for 16 years, Jennings County Fair Board and Farm Bureau member since 1970 where he had served as a board member. He enjoyed baseball and basketball games, NASCAR races and going to the Smoky Mountains.
He married Lois G. Low on Oct. 14, 1962, in Westport and she survives. Other survivors include his daughters, Diane Marie (Jeff) Maschino and Joyce (Daniel) Mays of North Vernon; sister, Carolyn Martin of Greensburg; brother, Carl Manlief of Westport; grandchildren, Emily Davis, Jacob Maschino and Christopher Maschino all of North Vernon and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral service will be on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home at Westport with Rev. Tom Rust officiating. Burial will follow at Westport Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Westport Volunteer Fire Department, Our Hospice of Jennings County or donor's choice. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.bassgasper.com
Published on January 19, 2017
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