Manning III M.D., John Warren, Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. He was 91 years old. John Manning was born on November 24, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA to the late John Jr. and Edith Margaret (Reagan) Manning. John began college at 16 and subsequently became the youngest person ever admitted as a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with honors from Ursinus College in 1940, and then received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943 and concentrated on his specialization at the University of Michigan. He continued his education with additional postgraduate work through 1978. John was a Naval Intern at the PA. Naval Hospital in 1946. He became a Lieutenant and during WWII served with Group III, Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan. As a result of this service and love of his country he attended meetings at the Naval War College. John performed his medical residence at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from 1947-1950. Later in 1950 he opened his private practice. John was a physician at St. Luke’s Hospital, Saginaw General Hospital, St. Mary's, and served at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center through the years and into his retirement. During his career John held the positions of Staff Member and Chief of Surgery. Healing was John’s life. He was devoted to healing in spirit and advancing education for himself and others. He visited the homes of the old and chronically ill. He was a Professor of Surgery and Clinical Professor for Michigan State University from 1976-1992 and mentored many doctors in the Saginaw area. He contributed to many articles in professional publications and journals. John was a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Angiology, Society of Abdominal Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Another great love and object of John’s dedication was his family. He was kind and patient. He was happy being married to his wife and felt lucky to be the father of his three children. Family retreats included such sports as sailing and racing his E-Scow sailboat, snow skiing, swimming, traveling and hunting. John married Muriel Elizabeth Johnson on October 11, 1944, and she survives him. Also surviving are a son and two daughters, John W. Manning IV, Melissa (Donald) Hagge and Susan Manning; five grandchildren, Donald, Geoffrey, Kathryn, Elizabeth and Todd. There are seven great granddaughters, Taylor, Addison, Jordan, Mildred, Ainsley, Kayla and Riley. A sister, Irene M. Derr, her husband, J. Robert Derr and a son-in-law, William Flannery, preceded John in death. According to John’s wishes cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave., Saginaw. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Rev. Ken Anderson will officiate the service. Dr. Louis Brynes will speak. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to contribute to CRXSP Community Prescription Support Foundation 100 S. Jefferson Ave., STE 101, Saginaw, MI 48607 to help those in desperate need of prescriptions or to Saginaw County Medical Society Foundation, 350 St. Andrew Road, STE 242, Saginaw, MI 48638. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the church, or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.