Nov. 22, 1933 - Sept. 17, 2012
Ed Manion was born in Lander, Wyoming on November 22, 1933, to John and Mabel (Williams) Manion. Ed passed away on September 17, 2012, at the family home in Tenino Valley, in Warm Springs with his loving wife, Urbana, and children by his side.
Ed grew up in the Madras, Oregon area and attended Madras Union High School.
Ed married Urbana Brunoe of Warm Springs, on September 21, 1956. At the age of 20, he purchased The Rainbow Market outside of Warm Springs. He ran the store until he left for military service. Ed served in the Army from 1956-1958. In 1961, the Warm Springs Tribe purchased Kah-Nee-Ta Hot Springs and Ed was hired by the Tribe as the first Kah-Nee-Ta Resort Manager. This was the beginning of Eds professional career of more than 50 years working for the Warm Springs Tribe and the Warm Springs people.
He held many positions with the Tribe. In addition to Kah-Nee-Tas first General Manager, he served as Public Utilities General Manager and was the Construction Manager on major building projects in Warm Springs. Ed continued to work actively on projects for the Tribe, including the Gorge Casino project, until recent months when illness forced him to retire.
Ed always believed that he was blessed to be part of the Warm Springs community and to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the community, where he lived. He respected the Warm Springs community and was grateful for the opportunity to be involved in constructing and managing projects such as the Kah-Nee-Ta lodge and Village redevelopment, the Warm Springs Museum, the Warm Springs domestic water system, the Health and Wellness Center and many others. Ed was also appointed by the Warm Springs Tribal Council to serve on the Board of Directors of Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. Ed also served on other various boards both on and off the reservation.
Aside from his dedication to serving the Warm Springs community, Ed was devoted to and was always busy with his family. He enjoyed working with his hands, and farming and ranching were some of his favorite hobbies. He was an avid craftsman and enjoyed building furniture for the family. All the children and grandchildren have something that he has made in their homes, from hope chests to china hutches. His last big project was making deck chairs for the patios of his family.
Ed is survived by his wife, Urbana, and their six children; Eddie Manion of Warm Springs, Kim Pittsley (Eric) Keizer, OR, Jim Manion (Donna) and Doug Manion (Kim), both of Madras, Lynn (and Randy) Thomas of Bend, and Jenny (and Wayne) Frye of Bellingham, WA. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; two brothers, Bob and Gordon Manion, and a sister, Mabel Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Madras Gospel Mission.