Ronald Eugene Manges, 77, of Walkersville, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, surrounded by his beloved family, at Frederick Health Hospital in Frederick, Maryland.
Ronald was born on October 23, 1944 in Cumberland, Maryland. He was the son of Alfred and Margaret (True) Manges. He grew up in the town of Cumberland, Maryland and attended Fort Hill High School. Being a three season athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball, Ron then graduated from Fort Hill High School in 1962 and he received a scholarship from the University of Maryland to play quarterback for the ‘football team. Ron said he couldn’t understand why a college would want him to play football and attend classes. Later, he decided it wouldn’t work for him, so he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It didn’t take him long to realize that the army was not for him. In 1965, Ron moved to Frederick, Maryland, where his management skills landed him a career with State Farm Insurance. This time span extended to a 42-year period during which he found lifelong friendships. A few years after moving to Frederick, he received a call from the Frederick Falcons, who asked him to play quarterback – a position he held for eight years. During this period, he met the love of his life, Candis Manges. The two were later married at First Baptist Church in Frederick, Maryland on June 24, 1972. The love Ron had for his wife was visible miles away. He adored her absolutely every moment; whether it’s sickness or health, he has always been her #1 supporter. Ronald and Candis’ love story has always been seen by everyone and will forever be cherished. The loving couple celebrated 50 years of marriage last June. Ron started coaching in the Walkersville area with the Glade Valley Athletic Association for baseball, but soon began coaching midget football with GVAA. His son, Ronald E. Manges Jr., also played these sports during this time, but sadly died in a car accident in 1985. In 1986, Ronald’s life changed dramatically for the better when Dave Schrodel introduced him to asked to become involved in football coaching at Walkersville High School. His career began to light up once he became the offensive coordinator for the varsity team. In addition, that same year, he received a call from Dave Miller, who asked him to announce basketball games. He later gave up announcing Walkersville boys’ basketball games in 2016 to watch his youngest granddaughter play basketball and announce his games. Ron has also made announcements for the Walkersville High School softball and baseball teams over the years. In addition to his athletic contributions, he was inducted into the Frederick County Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 and was part of the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club.
In his spare time, Ron played golf, usually at Maple Run in Thurmont, Maryland. Additionally, he occasionally mowed the “greens” for them; in turn, he played a few holes after mowing. Sometimes he didn’t have the luxury of playing golf afterwards, but that was because he was running errands or busy with one of his favorite activities: Poppy’s daycare. This daycare service is not typical; instead, it’s absolutely full of love, lessons, and the best moments of “Poppy” laughing and having fun. The daycare he ran was that of his great-grandson, Josiah Ramirez, whom he loved so much. In some cases, it was “Poppy and Grammi’s Daycare”, where the two took turns running the daycare, or at the same time. When he wasn’t running daycare, he was probably outside mowing, gardening, or even in the pool. He enjoyed the time he spent outside doing all these things because it gave him something to look forward to each day.
Ron once said, “Experience in sports teaches you character, and character does a lot in life. If you have a good character, you are going to be a good person” and Ron – or “Mango” and even the classic “Mr. Ron” – was everything a good person would have hoped to be, because he was truly amazing for every person he met during his life.
Ronald Eugene Manges is survived by his wife, Candis J. Manges, of Walkersville; daughters, Kristina L. Martin and husband Paul Martin, of Walkersville, Cynthia L. Gaus and husband Van Gaus, of Cumberland, and Nikki L. Manges, of Walkersville; grandchildren, Captain Meleah Martin, Alexis Gaus, Dalton Gaus, Rayel Wright and Rian Wright; his great-grandson, Josiah Ramirez; and several adopted nieces, nephews and children/grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Margaret Manges; his brothers, Roy and Roger Manges; his sister, Myrtle May Pullin; and his son, Ronald E. Manges Jr.
The family will receive friends for a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road, Walkersville, MD 21793. We welcome our guests in attendance to share fond memories of his life.
If you are participating, we ask that you wear blue and gold (Walkersville High School) or red and white (Fort Hill High School). Also, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s honor to Walkersville High School Athletic Boosters or Fort Hill High School Athletic Boosters.