Donald Wayne Manley

October 8, 1925November 4, 2018

Donald W. Manley, age 93 died on November 4, 2018. He was born on October 8, 1925 in De Smet, South Dakota to Myron and Bessie Manley. Don grew up on a farm outside of Arlington, South Dakota. In 1943, at the age of 17, Don enlisted in the United States Navy. He earned the rank of Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class and flew on a PB4Y-2. Don was honorably discharged in 1943. Don graduated from South Dakota State University. It was here he met his wife, Harriet. They were married in 1951 and had a wonderful life together until her passing in 2005. Don spent his entire career working for the United States Soil Conservation Service. He is survived by his daughter, Donna Manley, son Gary (Kristin) Manley, grandchildren, Robert Slama, Ann (Brian) Bulik, Kathryn Slama, Tyler Manley, Skye Manley and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his wife Harriet, his parents, and brothers Clifford (Helen) Leland (Emma) Irwin, (Vera Ann) and Dale. A memorial service will take place December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am in the chapel at St Mark’s United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Mark’s Men’s Ministry. Condolences can be left at


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Bob Lachance

November 6, 2018

Don was always a kind and gentle man who gave back to his community. I remember from reading his Christmas card how Don volunteered to help young children learn how to read at a local school. Don loved his family and was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Don was an inspiration to anyone who knew him. He will be missed by his friends and family. Bob Lachance