R. Manning Stroup Jr. passed away unexpectedly on June 27, 2014, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska, surrounded by his loving wife Betty and his three children, Henry, Ana and Loren. Manning resided in North Pole, Alaska, for 23 years and spent his last seven months in the loving care of the staff at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home in Alaska.
Manning was born Oct.12, 1944, in Grants Pass, Ore., and grew up in Big Spring, Texas. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1963. Manning went on to attend Howard College in Big Spring and finally the University of Texas at Austin (UT). He graduated from UT in 1969 with a bachelor of science in nursing, one of the early trailblazers of men in the nursing field. While at UT he met the love of his life, Betty, and after a three-month whirlwind courtship, they married in Big Spring.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1971 and served with distinction and honor for 20 years as a registered nurse. While in the Air Force, Manning had the good fortune to travel the world with Betty, serving in Spain and throughout the United States, and finally Eielson AFB, Alaska, retiring in 1991 with the rank of major.
Manning leaves behind his mother, Twyla Stroup of Big Spring, Texas; his sister, Lou Ann (Tony) Zappia, nieces, Angela and Nicole of Brockton, N.Y.; wife, Betty; son, Henry (Alicia) Stroup; daughter, Ana (Bart) Hinkle; and son, Loren (Jen) Stroup; grandchildren, Ryan, Aidan, Bennett, Carsyn and Reagan; cousins, Wayne (Janice) Stroup of Lubbock, Texas; and Dan (Beth) Stroup of Longview, Texas; as well as members of the Stroup, Winterowe, and Sanders families, all of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, R. Manning (Joe) Stroup Sr., grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.
A funeral mass will be held at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole, Alaska, on July 2, 2014, at 7 p.m. with a celebration of life reception following at 8 p.m. In September, Manning will be laid to rest with military funeral honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable contribution be made in Manningâ€™s name to one of the following non-profit organizations â€” the Wounded Warrior Project, the Alzheimerâ€™s Association or to The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.