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Timothy Lee Manier

Obituary for Timothy Lee Manier

August 27, 1942 - August 8, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 75


Timothy Lee Manier died on August 8, 2018 at Christopher House in Austin, Texas. He was born in Buffalo, NY on August 27, 1942, the only child of Verna and Franklin Manier. His childhood was surrounded with a fun-loving and lively family of aunts, uncles and grandparents and he was raised alongside his only first cousin, Bonnie Staffeldt, like a sibling. He met his future wife, Lois Levea, in grammar school—the beginning of a relationship that lasted 62 years until Lois's death in 2014.

Tim always had an interest and talent for things structural and mechanical; his practical approach to life and his precision and attention to detail naturally directed him toward engineering. He was, in every way, the consummate engineer. After Tim graduated from Valparaiso University in the mid-1960s with a degree in civil engineering, he and Lois married and settled in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he began a long career with US Steel in Gary and later at the South Works Plant in Chicago. He and Lois raised two daughters, Jody and Tracy, and, through old fashioned discipline, a strong will, and a particular brand of austerity, instilled a sense of independence, strength and confidence in his children. In those days, Tim enjoyed living in and befriending a neighborhood full of young families, following his favorite sports teams, and grilling the nightly family dinners.

In 1982, US Steel appointed him Chief Engineer of its facility in Baytown, Texas and the family relocated. Thereafter, making use of the MBA he earned from Indiana University, Tim and Lois became small business owners of a Minuteman Press franchise in Clear Lake, Texas. In 1990, US Steel (by then renamed USX) recruited Tim to oversee the decommissioning of a facility on the Island of Mindinao in the Philippines followed by another facility in Erejli, Turkey. Tim and Lois enjoyed living in international communities and making deep and sustaining friendships with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. In 1999, Tim retired and enjoyed the slower pace of life—sharing home cooked meals with his family, watching all kinds of sports, especially his beloved New York Yankees, serving as a handyman for widowed neighbors, caring for a succession of pets - most recently his prized dogs Teddy and Toby, building LEGO creations and swimming with his two grandsons, Eli and August Floyd, and following the sports teams and musical exploits of his two granddaughters, Hannah and Audrey Kris. In 2017 he moved to Austin to be closer to family and enjoyed living in the community at Querencia at Barton Creek, where he met many wonderful new friends.

Tim is survived by his daughters, Jody Kris and Tracy Manier, sons-in-law, David Kris and Daniel Floyd, granddaughters Hannah and Audrey Kris, grandsons Eli and August Floyd, and cousin Bonnie Staffeldt. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baytown Relay for Life.

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