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Stephen T. Manter

Born: 
Tuesday, August 21, 1956
Died: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Birthplace: 
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Service Information: 
Services will be held on June 25th at 1pm at Local 26, Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 780 Chrysler Rd, Burlington, WA at 1pm. 

Stephen Timothy Manter passed away suddenly at his home on June 14th in Birch Bay, Washington. 

He was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts on August 21st, 1956 to Russell and Georgiana (Hemingway) Manter. He received his education in the West Newbury, Massachusetts school system. He graduated from Pentucket High School in 1974. While in high school he participated in numerous sports such as football, wrestling and hockey. He also set the way for the football team after he decided to get a crew cut and they all followed suit. 
 
After graduation, Steve set out for adventure and went to Arizona’s Grand Canyon. There he met Kim Phillips and they were married. They returned to Massachusetts and eventually followed his family to Wyoming in 1976. While in Wyoming, they welcomed the arrival of their intuitive sons, Aaron and Seth, and made the family home in Casper & Glenrock Wyoming. During this time, Steve was the manager of the Casper Ice Rink which was housed at the Casper Fairgrounds in the Sheep Barn. Many friendships were formed on the ice. He played on hockey teams and provided the opportunity for many to develop a love for the sport and the camaraderie it creates. He was a driving force in the “Put Casper on Ice” campaign that resulted in a modern year-round rink being a part of the Casper Recreation Center. 
 
Steve began his pipe fitter apprenticeship in Casper, and this work took him to Montana, Maine, and eventually, Washington State. He was a proud member of UA Local 26 and set an example of what an honest day's work is. Steve represented the trade with honesty and integrity, even after his retirement in 2015. 
 
During his life in Washington, Steve met Bonnie Lopp and they created a life together until her passing in 2000. Eventually, Steve opened his heart to Barbra Britt, who introduced him to wonderful people who embraced him as a part of their family and the experiences that families have together. The camaraderie of the Birch Bay Village residents that Steve had the pleasure of meeting, resonated in him and he connected with everyone that he could. 
 
He is preceded in death by his father; brother Andy; step-father Glenn Burgett; honorary father-in-law Mick Howell; maternal & paternal grandparents and aunts and uncles. He is survived by his mother Georgiana Burgett of Riverton Wyoming; his sons :Aaron (Laurel) Manter of Sacramento, CA and Seth (Melanie) Manter of Meadow Vista, CA; Barbra Britt; her daughter Kim (Scott) Latta, their children Jordan and Taylor of Concrete, WA; his remaining siblings and their families: Peter Manter of Custer City, OK; Kate Hays; Sally (Glen) Michelina of Riverton, WY; and his nieces and nephews. 
 
Services will be held on June 25th at 1pm at Local 26, Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 780 Chrysler Rd, Burlington, WA at 1pm. 

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Submitted by Kevin and Karen... on

Barbara I want you to know how much we liked Steve. He was a very special person.  We met him the first time on the dock after we had just arrived, on our boat, in BBV.  My first impression was this big burly guy and thought he would be "rough and tough".  Boy was I wrong, what a sweet guy he was, so friendly, welcoming us to dock.  Then we saw him in water aerobics, only men with self confidence would attend, another characteristic to his credit.   Then the flood happened and who shows up at our home with a water pump, in waders, walking thur hip deep water...Steve.  Then when the rain came again and we were manning pumps at the lower gate 24/7 who volunteered to come and take shifts, Steve.   Always willing to lend a hand, always willing to help, totally a standup guy.  He will be missed.

Kevin and Karen Anthony 

Submitted by Mitzi McCart on

I knew Steve through Bonnie. He was always kind to and tolerant of the Too Much Fun Club girls that were part of Bonnies posse. I thought he was the perfect gentleman, always showing interest in others and their opinions. I loved that he loved Bonnie until the end, and made sure her final wishes were carried out. I am saddened that he has been taken from this world too soon.

Submitted by Suzanne Mesle Benn on

I met Steve when we started elementary school together. He was my friend, and my classmate for many years including Jr & Sr. High School. He enjoyed sports as a young kid all the way high school. Steve was always kind & quiet type. Always cared about his friends and others. He was a good man and will be missed by all those that knew him.

Submitted by Suzanne Mesle Benn on

I met Steve when we started elementary school together. He was my friend, and my classmate for many years including Jr & Sr. High School. He enjoyed sports as a young kid all the way high school. Steve was always kind & quiet type. Always cared about his friends and others. He was a good man and will be missed by all those that knew him.

Submitted by Teri Corley on

Crazy week in Longview when Bonnie Loppe and I were supposed to be at a trade conference in Portland was when we met Steve. I knew shortly thereafter that he was a standup guy. He had only known Bonnie for a few months when she had to tell him that she had cancer. It became apparent how big Steve's heart was as he didn't turn and run but took care of her every need until God called her home years later. I can't tell him how much that meant to all of the Too Much Fun Club, but it helped some of us to deal with her passing, knowing she loved and cared for this gentle man. Thank you Steve for being the man you were. You will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know you.

Submitted by Teri Corley on

Crazy week in Longview with Bonnie when we were supposed to be at a trade conference in Portland was when Bonnie Loppe and I met Steve. I knew shortly after I met him he was a standup guy. That became very apparent when shortly thereafter Bonnie had to tell Steve she had cancer. He didn't falter, but took care of every need she had. And his love and devotion just shows you how big a person's heart can be. Thank you Steve for making Bonnie's journey so much easier. You are a helluva man and are loved by all who had the privilege to know you. I'll miss you tremendously.

Submitted by Teri Corley on

Crazy week in Longview with Bonnie when we were supposed to be at a trade conference in Portland was when Bonnie Loppe and I met Steve. I knew shortly after I met him he was a standup guy. That became very apparent when shortly thereafter Bonnie had to tell Steve she had cancer. He didn't falter, but took care of every need she had. And his love and devotion just shows you how big a person's heart can be. Thank you Steve for making Bonnie's journey so much easier. You are a helluva man and are loved by all who had the privilege to know you. I'll miss you tremendously.

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