Collin S. Manning, 1968 – 2021

OTTAWA – Collin S. Manning, 53, of Ottawa, passed away at 5:13 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima. He was born on March 29, 1968 in Canandaigua, New York, to Collin Manning and Sigrib Emerling. Her father is deceased and her mother and stepfather, Sigrib (Roger) Emerling survive in Defiance. On December 4, 1993, he married Pam Bird, who survives in Ottawa.

Other survivors include two children: Nick Manning and Darian Manning, both of Ottawa; and three sisters: Ericka (Kevin) Hellthaler of Columbus, New Jersey, Stacey O’Keefe of Kettering and Kelly Emerling of Bluffton, SC.

Collin was a graduate of Defiance High School. He was a former driver for S&S Sanitation, Continental. Collin was also a veteran of the United States Army. He was a key member of the Free Christian Church of God and volunteered to help with all of their Bible school programs. He absolutely loved entertaining the children at church. He also loved his own children and was a huge Buckeye fan! (Biggest Fan Ever!) Collin never met a stranger and was ready to help anyone.

The funeral service will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the Free Christian Church of God, Continental with Reverend James Fry as celebrant. Interment with military rites in the cemetery by the Continental American Legion will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Dupont. Visitations will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Free Christian Church of God, Continental and again on Sunday one hour before the service.

Arrangements are under the direction of HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Continental.

Memorial donations can be made to the Free Christian Church of God, Continental.

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