In memory of
Manville, Richard Richard (Dick) Wesley Manville, 93, passed away February 13, 2019 in Winter Springs, Florida surrounded by his two sons and granddaughters. He was born December 31, 1925 to Charles Wesley Manville and Louise Maes Henderson Manville in Des Moines, Iowa. While attending prep school in Massachusetts, his all-around athletic ability was evident as he earned letters in soccer, baseball and ice hockey. He also learned to sail and tended lobster traps in his youth. Dick served his country in the Navy during World War II and attended both Harvard and Yale Universities lettering in basketball, baseball, ice hockey and soccer. As captain of the Yale soccer team, he was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic team but by then, baseball was his sport. He signed with the Boston Braves in 1947 after graduation from Yale, where he was teammates with George H.W. Bush on a team that reached the College World Series. In his first professional game, he threw a no-hitter for Evansville. In 1950, Dick made it to "the show" and pitched in relief for the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs. He retired from baseball in 1953, where he would find greater success in business. He met his future wife of 60 years, Elaine Lotterer, on a golf course in southern California after a ball she hit ended up on his fairway. They married in Vista, California in 1952. After Dicks' baseball career ended and a brief stint in Pahrump Valley, Nevada raising cotton, they moved to Newton, Iowa where they bought a furniture store. After being told they couldn't have children, they adopted son Stephen in 1956. A second son Drew was born a year later, proving the doctors wrong. In 1960 they moved to Ann Arbor and bought the Martin Haller Furniture store at 112 E. Liberty next to the old Pretzel Bell restaurant where Elaine worked as an interior designer and bookkeeper. Dick served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and was on the first Street Art Fair Board. Their love of golf continued at Barton Hills Country Club where they made and kept many dear friends. Dick joined Jacobson's Department Store as a Vice President after fire destroyed the Martin Haller store in 1970. Empty-nesters by 1976, Dick and Elaine moved to Florida where Dick owned and operated a number of furniture stores in the Tampa and Orlando areas. They bought a home in an Apopka, Florida golf community making many new dear friends while providing a base for travel and affording family and old friends warm respite from Michigan winters. Much of the last 30 years of their marriage found them traveling throughout the US, Canada, their condo in Puerto Vallarta, Europe and Asia. Most importantly, Dick was an honorable man who always put his family first. He was generous and had a soft heart. He could strike up a conversation with most anyone because he was genuinely interested in people and wanted to hear their stories. He enjoyed watching golf and baseball and took up building golf clubs for himself and others in his later years. Dick was primary caregiver to Elaine the last five years of her life after a fall left her in a wheel chair and battling lung cancer. Elaine died in 2012 and brother Peter Manville in 2006. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Stephen and Susan Manville of Whitmore Lake, MI, son Drew Manville of Winter Springs, FL, brother and sister-in-law Dr. Gerald and Linda Hare of Glens Falls, NY, sister Sue Hare Coombs of Duxbury, MA, brother and sister-in-law James and Helen Manville of Arkansas, granddaughter and grandson-in-law Sarah and Chad Gustin of Indianapolis, IN, granddaughter Maggie Manville of Sanford, FL, numerous nieces and nephews and wonderful friend and caretaker for both Dick and Elaine, Arlynn Oden of Plymouth, FL.
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