American Veteran 04

Shy Manning

October 9, 1920 ~ March 9, 2023 (age 102) 102 Years Old



Oad Earl Manning, known as “Shy” his entire life, was born on October 9, 1920, in Verden, Oklahoma, to Oadie R. Manning and Rose Ella Talkington. Oadie was a farmer and Rose was a Café owner. They had four children.

Shy was educated in several schools in Oklahoma. He attended thirteen elementary schools. His mom and step-dad, Frank Dodson, moved many times between Verden and Oklahoma City to find work. After settling in one place, Shy attended Capitol Hill Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1941. Of special note: Step-dad Frank married Shy’s mom after the death of Oadie when Shy was four years old. Frank legally adopted Shy after Rose Ella’s death. Frank was 85 and Shy was 60. It was a day of great celebration!

One day while working at a drugstore a young woman walked by the window of the store and Shy told his mother, “I’m going to marry that girl.” Later, he was introduced to her by a friend. On October 24, 1942, Shy was married to “that girl,” Josephine Orndorff, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and they had more than 76 years together. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, daughters: JoJo Pelphrey and husband Harry, Marilyn Pennington; grandchildren: Dan Reeves and wife Amy, Dale Reeves, and Max Watson and wife Karin; great grandchildren: Kaitlin Scorsone and husband Christian, Matt Reeves and wife Allison, Mackenzie Reeves, Corey Reeves and Britney, Grant Reeves and Shelby, Kimberley Watson, and Alexandria Watson; great-great grandchildren: Lincoln and Ledger Scorsone, Charli Reeves, Greyson Ramsey, Hayden and Hunter Reeves.

Shy started his work career at age 18 at Hart Industrial Supply Company. After a leave of absence for serving in World War II, he came back to Hart and worked his way from stocker to Vice President of Sales. Later he became a sales representative representing 28 different suppliers. In the early 90s, he started his own business, OEM Sales. He bought and sold used machinery mostly bought at auctions, and he ran his business until December 31, 2019. Although he would still go to his office close to downtown OKC five to six days a week, and he took calls for advice and for locating machinery.

His military career was with the United States Navy during World War II. He was a machinist on the USS John Penn. The ship was torpedoed and sank within 20 minutes at Guadalcanal. He was one of 35 survivors of the attack and believed he was the last survivor to pass. He received many honors for his service in the South Pacific. He and Josephine, in their years together, traveled all across the United States and to Europe, South America, Mexico, and Alaska. He was an active member of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church for over 60 years and a member of the Crusaders Sunday School Class. He loved the Christmas holidays and all the traditions, including family gatherings, dinners, and candlelight worship services. He loved those big dinners, but his food of choice was hamburgers. Pumpkin pie may came in as a second choice.

Shy remembered many changes that took place in the last century. He was the first in the family to carry a pager, a bag phone, and eventually a cell phone with many features and apps. An interesting fact is that he bought 40 acres of land in southeast Oklahoma City and later convinced his daughters to buy some acreage there, and they built homes and raised their children there. As the three grandsons graduated from high school, Shy gave each of them five acres of land. Today this acreage contains five family home and many family memories of raising children together, where they attended school together, playing ball and taking dance lessons together.

The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Reggie Aduddell, Phil Parduhn, Odell Friar, Norma and Rory Ericson and all the great staff from Grill on the Hill, along with Whiskey and Linnie from Corner Pocket a fellow veteran that wouldn’t let Shy pay for a thing. You all enriched his life, and we appreciate each and every one of you.

His words of advice were: “Do what you say you are going to do! Always be honest, loyal, and trustworthy. Always be willing to help others!”


March 14, 2023

3:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Moore
201 West Main Street
Moore, OK 73160


Resthaven Memory Gardens
500 SW 104th
Oklahoma City, OK 73139


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