OBITUARY

Floyd George Manwiller

May 8, 1934December 4, 2020
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Ames, IA

Dr. Floyd Manwiller, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on December 4, 2020. On Wednesday December 9, 2020 a visitation will be held from noon to 1:00 with a funeral service at 1:00 PM at Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames, IA. Burial will follow at Ames Municipal.

Floyd was born to Floyd and G. Kathryn (Staley) Manwiller on May 8, 1934 in Mitchell County, IA. He graduated from Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids in 1952. He attended Iowa State University for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1954. Floyd attended language school and was a Russian language specialist. He earned the Good Conduct and Army of Occupation Medal in Germany. On August 8, 1959, Floyd and Mary McGowan were united in marriage in Marion, IA and had two sons. Floyd continued his education at Iowa State University earning a doctorate in forestry in 1965. Floyd then worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Louisiana until joining the faculty at Iowa State University in December of 1978, where he taught in the Forestry Department until he retired in June of 1999. He retired Professor Emeritus of Natural Resource, Ecology, and Management.

Floyd was an active member of Calvary Methodist Church and served as a lay leader for many years. He was also involved for many years with Gideon International. He enjoyed word working, spending time with his family, and being a member of the Silver Sneakers.

Floyd is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Manwiller; his two sons, Scott (Anna) Manwiller of Altoona, IA and Brian (Rita) Manwiller of Davenport, IA; siblings, Evanell (Sam) Conner of Winslow, AZ, Edna (Cliff) Gilleland of Freeport, IL, and Eldon (Maria) Manwiller of Madison, AL; brother-in-law, Jack Meier of Cedar Rapids, IA; and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Floyd is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Betty Ann; and sister, Reta Manwiller Meier.

Memorial contributes for Floyd can be made out to his family.

  • FAMILY

  • Floyd Manwiller, Father (deceased)
  • Kathryn (Staley) Manwiller, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary Manwiller, Wife
  • Scott Manwiller (Anna), Son
  • Brian Manwiller (Rita), Son
  • Siblings, Evanell (Sam) Conner of Winslow, AZ, Edna (Cliff) Gilleland of Freeport, IL, and Eldon (Maria) Manwiller of Madison, AL; brother-in-law, Jack Meier of Cedar Rapids, IA; and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.


    Floyd is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Betty Ann; and sister, Reta Manwiller Meier.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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Luke Manwiller

December 9, 2020

Floyd was my grandpa; "Poppy" as I knew him growing up. His son Brian is my father. My favorite memories with Poppy were during my attendance at Iowa State University. I would visit Poppy and Mary ("Grammy") once a week to have lunch with them. Poppy and I would always joke with Grammy and say that my visits were the only time he would get a good meal from Grammy. After I graduated, Poppy & Grammy mailed me a specific, ceramic coffee mug with a painted fox for the handle. Poppy and I would always enjoy a cup of coffee together after our weekly meals and talk about life. Every morning when I have a coffee, I drink from this mug and remember the best memories we had together when I was in college.

Another memory I have is when I used to play in one the Iowa State University Jazz Ensembles. Poppy & Grammy would always make an effort to attend the concerts I'd play in and they were always the first people I'd look for when I'd step on stage.

I will miss my grandpa Poppy very much. He was more than just a grandpa to me and was one of the best friends I've come to know. It makes me happy to know that he is in a place where he will always get a "home-cooked Grammy meal" everyday now.

Missy Wierson

December 8, 2020

my name is missywierson my grandpa and I knew flyold for a while from calvary united methodist church in Ames Iowa from missyw

Caleb Frazier(Manwiller)

December 6, 2020

Floyd used to be my grandfather and in a way still is. My life with him and his wife Mary began with me, my two brothers Brandon & Christian, and my sister Lauren. I only knew him up until about 3rd grade shortly after my parents got a divorce. As a kid we would visit them frequently, I absolutely loved visiting them, I... loved my grandparents. My favorite memory is exploring the garden and always eating every tomato I could find. I was absolutely infatuated with his wood working room too! I nicknamed him "grumpy" instead of grandpa even though he wasn't grumpy at all but a kind and generous man and always had something funny or intriguing to say as well. It's been years since I've known him and I've missed him, will continue to miss him and he'll always be in my heart.

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Floyd at Grady's House moving timbers

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Floyd George Manwiller at about 10 year old, in Cub Scout uniform

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Floyd & Mary

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Floyd, Mary, Scott & Brian

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Floyd at Grady's House moving timbers

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Floyd George Manwiller at about 10 year old, in Cub Scout uniform

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Floyd & Mary

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Floyd, Mary, Scott & Brian

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Biography

Floyd was born to Floyd and G. Kathryn (Staley) Manwiller on May 8, 1934 in Mitchell County, IA. He graduated from Wilson High School in Cedar Rapids in 1952. He attended Iowa State University for one year before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1954. Floyd attended language school and was a Russian language specialist. He earned the Good Conduct and Army of Occupation Medal in Germany. On August 8, 1959, Floyd and Mary McGowan were united in marriage in Marion, IA and had two sons. Floyd continued his education at Iowa State University earning a doctorate in forestry in 1965. Floyd then worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Louisiana until joining the faculty at Iowa State University in December of 1978, where he taught in the Forestry Department until he retired in June of 1999. He retired Professor Emeritus of Natural Resource, Ecology, and Management.

Floyd was an active member of Calvary Methodist Church and served as a lay leader for many years. He was also involved for many years with Gideon International. He enjoyed word working, spending time with his family, and being a member of the Silver Sneakers.

Dr. Floyd Manwiller, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on December 4, 2020. On Wednesday December 9, 2020 a visitation will be held from noon to 1:00 with a funeral service at 1:00 PM at Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames, IA. Burial will follow at Ames Municipal.