Michael “Mike” Stephan Manier, 65, of Houston, whose life was rooted in Texas County where he operated businesses, enjoyed its people and served to better the community, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, following a bout with cancer.

Mike was born May 13, 1947, in Waynesville, to Charles and Helen M. Ross Manier. A 1965 graduate of Houston High School, he later earned a diploma from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a degree in civil engineering.

In 1970, he joined his grandfather, Kaga Ross, in the family business, Ross Lumber Co., in downtown Houston. When he arrived at the lumberyard, he had worked about a year with the Missouri State Highway Department.

From the offices on Grand Avenue, Mike had a front row seat to the development of Texas County and the Houston area, as a registered surveyor and the owner of the local building materials business. Later, he purchased redi-mix plants that served the communities of Licking and Houston. His three sons, Chuck, Kirk and Scott, and his wife, Sandra Holder Manier, whom he married Feb. 26, 1977, were involved with the operation of the various businesses. Two siblings, Mark and Nancy, joined him at the lumberyard, which in later years expanded to the east toward Second Street.

Mike Manier enjoyed work — whether it was managing the businesses or other interests, such as those that extended to agriculture and maintaining his beef herd. In later years, Mike’s love of finding a good deal expanded with technology and the use of the Internet.

Mike also worked to better the community. He served as county surveyor, a post that son, Chuck, holds today. He worked toward the development of Houston, including his service through the Houston Development Co. Most recently those efforts included transforming a former manufacturing plant into office space that provided jobs for area residents. He is former member of the board of regents for Linn State Technical College.

Mike’s escape out of the county often involved a weekend on Bull Shoals Lake with his family and friends. His interests were in line with what brought enjoyment to his sons…spending time on the lake, skiing, rodeos and roping. Mike had many interests: He was a pilot. He enjoyed tinkering with old cars and airplanes. In later years, the arrival of grandchildren brought much joy to the Manier house — the home on the Big Piney River that Mike and Sandra built. A favorite treat was driving the grandkids around in a sports utility vehicle.

Papa was crazy about them.

Mike is survived by his mother and wife; sons Kirk, Chuck and wife, Natalie; Scott and wife, Callie; three grandchildren, Millie, Nola and Waylon; brother, Mark and wife, Debbie; and sisters, Nancy Adey and her husband, Willie; Linda Manier and Jean Gabel.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, at First Christian Church, Houston. Burial was in Murphy Cemetery, Simmons.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Houston High School football program or the American Cancer Society.


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