Richard Carl "Dick" Manchester, age 94, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on Friday, February 7, 2020. Dick had been a resident of Pebble Creek, Taylors, SC since 1986. He is survived by his wife Sheila, and children Douglas, Craig, Bruce, Susan and Keith; six grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Carl and Helen Manchester of Hollidaysburg, PA; his brother Thomas of Dallas, and his son Michael of Mauldin, SC.
Dick was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1925, and grew up in western Pennsylvania. In 1943, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the US Army and served as a light infantryman in the 87th Infantry from 1943 to 1945, including France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Battle of the Bulge, Germany, and at war’s end was in Czechoslovakia.
After the war, he attended Penn State University on the GI Bill and obtained an engineering degree. He spent his career largely in sales management with both Alcoa and Reynolds Aluminum, and later started his own company in San Francisco as a manufacturer's representative for construction products. Dick was a lover of humanity and his Lord Jesus Christ. His interests included history, literature, art, theater, politics, nature and his fellow man. He valued family, friends, and his faith above all else. Until his last days he stayed engaged in his interests and his pursuit of a better world.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him, and his spirit will continue to help guide us from above. Dick was an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Greenville, where his remains will be interred in the columbarium. A memorial service will be held this summer in Sausalito, CA. The Family thanks Kindred Care Hospice for their wonderful care during Dick’s final days.
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