Obituary of Lt. Colonel Charles "Chuck" Manning
Lt. Colonel Charles “Chuck” Manning Jr., 98, born February 9th, 1924 in Montclair, New Jersey , passed peacefully in his sleep November 9th, 2022 at Chateau Madeleine Assisted Living in Melbourne, Fl.
He is preceded in death by wife Margie Jean Manning, wife Jeanne Manning, parents Charles Sr. and Augusta Manning, sisters Doris Kingsbery and Flo Richard, brother Robert Manning, daughter Valerie Altstaetter, and granddaughter Lyndsey Jones.
He is survived by daughter Robin Jones, Deland, Fl., daughter Karen and husband Joe Vinski, Melbourne, Fl., daughter Desiree Summers, N.C., sister Beryl Fehlberg, Reedville, Va., grandchildren Craig Jones, Lighthouse Point, Fl., Brandon Summers and Jeremy Summers, N.C.
Chuck joined the Navy in 1943 and the Air Force in 1950 and while serving in the 301st ARRS out of Homestead Air Force Base, flew air-sea rescue missions with the Grumman HU-16 Albatross accumulating 7800 hours by the time he retired in 1974. On July 4th, 1973 he flew the last Air Force Albatross “Chucks Challenge”, named after him, to an altitude record of 32,883 feet. He delivered that airplane to the Air Force National Museum in Dayton, Ohio where it is still on display. After retiring from the military, he continued to fly, delivering planes all over the world for Grumman and private owners. It was always about his love for flying and never skipped an opportunity. Chuck was a charter member of the Suntree Rotary Club, dating back to its formation in 1985. He was instrumental in building Suntree Rotary Park, named a Paul Harris Fellow and honorary member culminating in a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A Celebration of his Life will be held in the Chapel at Ammen Funeral Home, Saturday December 3rd, 2022 at 11:00 AM, 1001 Hickory Street, Melbourne, FL 32901. Flowers in his memory will be accepted.