Oct. 7, 1943 – Jan. 26, 2019
David Paul Maninger passed away January 26, 2019 in Lincoln City, Oregon. He was born October 7, 1943, the oldest of three children born into a military family. During his lifetime, he lived in many states, including Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Alaska, and also spent three years in Germany where his father was stationed after WWII.
Following his graduation from Ft. Knox High School, Kentucky in 1962, David served in the Military Police Branch of the U.S. Army for three years where he was stationed in Ft. Knox and in Viet Nam. In 1968, he drove the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks and was hired at the Fairbanks Fire Department in 1970. He later became the 6th Paramedic to be licensed in the State of Alaska. During his time at the fire department, David earned recognition for his dedication and bravery, including saving the life of an unconscious child trapped in an apartment fire.
David met his future wife, Rita, in 1978 and they were blessed with two sons, Travis and Brian. Following his retirement at the fire department, he and his family moved to Lincoln City, Oregon in 1993 where he worked at the City of Lincoln City as Lead Maintenance Worker for the next 25 years.
During his lifetime, David enjoyed many outdoor activities including dipnet fishing in the Copper River of Alaska, skiing, bicycling, and camping with his family. David is survived by his wife, Rita and their sons, Travis and Brian, all of Lincoln City, Oregon; a sister, Pam Sundquist (Dennis), of St. Helens, Oregon; brother, Dan Maninger, of Fairbanks, Alaska; and granddaughter, Caroline Maninger, of Sisters, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Doris Maninger.
Memorial services are planned for March 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Lincoln City Church of Christ, 2160 NE Quay Place. The family requests donations be made in David's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org, or to the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.