Ed Manen

August 8, 1945 - January 26, 2024

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   Ed Manen, 78, of Palm Coast passed away Friday January, 26, after a long illness related to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. His wife of 47 years, Trudy, and service dog Molly were by his side. He is survived by Trudy and daughter Erica, sons Eddie (Jami), Michael (Kimmy), and grandchildren Jaden Harlow and Emmitt Manen.

   Ed was born August 8,1945 in Irvington NJ, to Dorthy and Edward Manen Sr. He resided in West Orange, NJ prior to moving to Palm Coast in 2004 following his retirement from Verizon, where he worked for over 30 years.

   Ed was a US Army veteran and served in the Honor Guard prior to his deployment to Vietnam. He was an Occupational Specialist E-5 serving as co-pilot, door gunner and mechanic on Huey helicopters during his 2 tours of duty. His service to his country meant so much to him and was something he was immensely proud of.

   He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Jim Bowie Chapter in Palm Coast and he worked tirelessly to support other veterans. He was a founding member of the non-profit organization, Pop Smoke K9 for Veterans, and also a member of Old Glory Service Dogs 4 Veterans. Both organizations train service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.

   In his retirement, Ed enjoyed traveling, boating, fishing, golf and antique cars. He was a past President, Director and Special Events Coordinator for the Wheels in Motion Antique Auto Club, which was one of the greatest joys of his retirement. He and Trudy visited over 40 countries by cruising around the world and he loved to tell the tales of his and Trudy’s adventures at the monthly car club meetings.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday March 9th, 11 am at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 156 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Wheels-In-Motion Car Club Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 1656, Flagler Beach Fl. 32136 or to the veterans service dog charities: popsmokek9forveterans.org or oldgloryservicedogs.org.


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