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Richard Aaron Manning, 29, of Lancaster and formerly of Delaware, passed away Thursday (Aug. 4, 2011).

He was born on Dec. 1, 1981 to Paul R. and Christine (Clark) Manning. Aaron was a sergeant in the Army and proudly served his country during the Operation Iraq Freedom and also during Operation Enduring Freedom. Aaron was medically retired from the military. He succumbed to his injuries. Aaron was a member of the AMVETS, VFW and Wounded Warriors. He was an Airborne Scout with the 82nd Airborne Division. The Army was his love.

Aaron is survived by his parents, Paul and Christine Manning; brother, R. Clark Manning; maternal grandfather, Robert L. Clark; aunt, Cindy (John) Wagonseller; and uncles, Dr. F. David (Barbara) Manning, David (Vikki) Clark and Joseph M. Clark as well as many loved cousins.

Aaron was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Norma Clark; and paternal grandparents, W. Richard and Josephine Manning.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the funeral home. A funeral liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Sheridan Funeral Home, Lancaster, with the Rev. Peter M. Gideon officiating. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Junction City where military honors will be performed by the State Military Funeral Honors.

To send an online condolence and sign the guestbook, please visit sheridanfuneralhome.net and click obituaries.

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