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Richard F. Manns, retired state trooper

May 25, 1933 – Aug. 10, 2016

Richard F. “Dick” Manns, of East Amherst, a retired state trooper and Korean War veteran, died after a lengthy illness Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center, 39 years to the date after the death of his first wife. He was 83.

Born in Buffalo, he served in the Navy in the Korean War, where his duties included damage control on the destroyer USS Miller during combat.

Mr. Manns began his career with the State Police in 1955 and was promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in 1962. After he retired from the State Police in 1976, he served briefly as director of security at the Episcopal Church Home in Buffalo, then was security investigator and director of security for the Western Division of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., where he worked for 14 years.

He and his first wife, the former Gloria Humphrey, were married in 1957. Active in square dancing for many years,they traveled with their three children across the country in the 1970s selling petticoats for square-dancing attire that they made in their family business, Manns’ Square Thru.

Mr. Manns and his second wife, the former Nancy Yost, were married in 1990 and operated a travel agency, Manns Travel in East Amherst. Active skiers, golfers, tennis players and world travelers, they were members of the Lederhosen Ski Club, Amherst Hills Tennis Club and Fox Valley Country Club.

An avid player of cribbage, euchre, poker, bridge and pinochle, he enjoyed intense games of strategy with family and friends. Known for his quick wit and pranks, he often regaled listeners with stories from his years as a trooper.

He also was a devoted caregiver to his son, Mark, who was born in 1957 three months prematurely and severely handicapped. His duties as a caregiver expanded in 2004 when his second wife, Nancy, was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She died in 2008.

Survivors include two sons, Mark and Rick; a daughter, Valerie Kovach; two stepdaughters, Kathy Sardina and Carol Sciortino; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, 8445 Greiner Road, Clarence.

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