Published: Thursday, September 27th, 2012
James David Manning was born Sept. 11, 1948, in Bay City, Mich., to Melvin and Elizabeth (Harrington) Manning.
Jim attended schools in Michigan and Pittsburgh, Penn., and in the eighth grade his family moved to Brookings, S.D., where his father was a faculty member and later the dean of the college of engineering of South Dakota State University (SDSU). He graduated from Brookings High School in 1966 where he was active in declam/debate, plays and other school activities.
He attended SDSU and received a BS of physics in 1972, BSCE of civil engineering in 1980 and a master of science in engineering in 1985.
As a youth Jim was active in the Boy Scouts of America and attended the National Jamboree in Colorado. These many years of his youth Scouting led to his love of the outdoors and the history and beauty of our country. This love of history and nature carried with him throughout his life into adulthood where he continued to enjoy the outdoors, camping and hiking throughout the summer months.
While the family lived in Pittsburgh and Brookings, Jim’s father would take his family to the Black Hills, Spearfish Canyon and Custer State Park (S.D.) numerous times each year. Through this exposure of these fun and memorable family trips, Jim developed a love for the Black Hills area and he had a personal goal of someday building a home in the Black Hills area.
He retired after his successful service of 23 plus years to SDSU as an instructor for various courses in the college of engineering and as the program director of the OSHA consultation program. During his teaching career, Jim assisted in the successful completion of 25 plus graduate students in the master of science industrial management program. Jim also worked with staff and team members of the SDSU OSHA consultation program during his career and wants each and every one of them to know how he sincerely appreciates their many years of hard work and dedication in serving the mission of SDSU, OSHA and the State of South Dakota.
Eventually, Jim built a home in rural Custer, S.D. Jim’s true love of engineering came out as he planned, developed and implemented the building of his dream home in Custer. After his home was built, Jim developed a strong friendship and bond with his neighbors that included weekly get-togethers for breakfast, walks and inspections of historical mines in the Black Hills area.
Jim would want each and everyone to know the joy that he had on his last day. He was able to participate with an historical expert, which included his group of friends and neighbors, on inspections of four historical and remote Black Hills Mines. The experience was a true joy and took a year of contacts and planning. The experience was enjoyed by all and his neighbors commented on how much he was enjoying his time researching historical mining sites with friends who shared the same passion. He came home after his four and a half hours of fun experience and true satisfaction and laid down to take his afternoon nap, where he passed away peacefully in his rest in his own bed, in his own dream home, which took six and a half years in planning and building. Jim was known to be a very gracious, humorous, greatly intelligent and devoted friend.
Jim died Sept. 18, 2012, at his residence. He was 64.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim is survived by a sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Doug) Reinhard of Winona, Minn.; a niece, Christine Malenke and her boyfriend Dustin Schiltz of Winona; and a great-niece, Ella Rose.
Funeral services were Sept. 25 at the First United Methodist Church in Brookings.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to a fund in Jim’s honor.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.
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