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Darrel Raymond 'Stretch' Manley

Darrel Raymond Stretch Manley, 71, of Rogue River, Ore. passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his home after a long illness.

He was born March 22, 1942 in Ramsey, Ill. and lived there and in Chicago until he was about 12 years old. When his parents divorced he moved to Montana with his mother and lived there until graduating high school. Upon graduation he moved back to Chicago and worked for the Transit Authority until joining the U.S. Navy in 1963. In 1971, after the death of his stepfather, he chose not to re-enlist and returned home to Montana to help raise his nine year old twin brothers.

He and his first wife met when Stretch was going to college in Bozeman, Mont. and they married in 1976 and moved to Rogue River, Ore. in 1979. They later divorced. In 2003 his long-time friend, Christine Ranieri, moved to Rogue River and the two were later married.

Stretch was a longtime figure around the valley, having been very active in the community, including the Medford Model Railroad Club and the National Railroad Historical Society.

In addition to his wife, Christine, Stretch is survived by step-daughter, Autumn Wool and grandchildren, Gracie and Gunnar Wool of Eugene, Ore.; step-sons, Zack, Kayle, and Gary Ringler all of Great Falls, Mont.; brothers, Lynn Walker of Central Point, Ore. and Samuel Walker of Castle Rock, Colo.; sisters, Helen "Jean" Siegel of Westernville, N.Y., Michelle Walker of Great Falls, Mont., and Patricia Walker of Casper, Wyo.; first wife and forever friend, Leticia "Tish" Manley; and many nieces and nephews.

A service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 10, 2014 at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Arrangements in care of Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives. To send an online condolence to the family go to www.grantspassfunerals.com.

Darrel Raymond 'Stretch' Manley