Emanuel L Airey

Born: Mon., Aug. 2, 1926
Died: Sun., Mar. 31, 2019


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 04, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 04, 2019
Location: G. J. Gonce Funeral Home, P.A.

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Apr. 05, 2019
Location: St. Jane Frances Church

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Airey, Emanuel L. " Manny"

   On March 31, 2019   Emanuel Lewis Airey, U.S. Navy WW II Veteran and U.S. Marine Corp Korean War Veteran, passed away at age 92. Born in Federal Hill to Oscar and Mary Airey, "Manny" was the youngest of eleven children. An Iwo Jima survivor, Mr. Airey was also at the Frozen Chosen Resevoir in sub zero temperatures in Korea. In 1951 he married Irene Sparra Airey and they happily shared their life together until her death in 2013. Manny worked as an underwater demolition diver and later as a mechanic supervisor at Continental Can Company. He was a lifetime member of F.R.A. ( Fleet Reserve Assoc), V.F.W. Post 160, Anne Arundel County Detachment 1049 Marine Corp League, Devil Dogs (the highest honor of the Marine Corps League), Military Honor of the Cooties ( the highest degree of VFW) and he was an honorary member of the Army 29th Division.
     Mr. Airey was the beloved husband of the late Irene Airey, loving uncle of Theresa Willison, and dear friend of Nila Caulder.
     Friends may visit Gonce Funeral Service, P.A., 169 Riviera Drive, Pasadena on Thursday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Jane Frances Church on Friday at 11am. Interment with Military Honors in Glen Haven Memorial Park.

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Sally Gonzales
   Posted Tue April 02, 2019
You will be missed my friend. I know your reunion with Irene will be joyful!! Thank you for the laughs!

Don Elseroad
   Posted Tue April 02, 2019
In recognition of Emanuel L. 'Manny' Airey's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the members of the SSgt Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment # 115, Salisbury, MD and the members the Tri-Cities Detachment # 969, Gray, TN of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.


Don Elseroad
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 115 & # 969

   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
Manny you will be missed by all you have touched. Your memories will stay in our hearts forever. You are now at peace and can run wild with no pain as you use to do for so many events. Thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends.

Eleanor Timanus
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Theresa, so sorry to hear of Uncle Mannys passing. He and Aunt Irene are together again. He was a War Hero and great man. I remember him well. May he rest in Eternal Peace. Prayers to you and your family.

Michael Challgren
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Manny was a living legend and incredible man! I had the honor of first meeting Manny and serving him a piece of Birthday Cake at our 241st Marine Corps Birthday Ball on 11 November 2016. Manny was one of our Marine Corps League guests that evening and was the oldest Marine present. As is customary at Marine Corps birthday celebrations worldwide, the oldest Marine present is given a piece of cake and after taking a bite of cake passes it onto the youngest Marine, signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of our Corps. Manny was also the most popular Marine of the night! From our Guest of Honor, a Brigadier General from HQMC, to the youngest Marine present, an 18 year old Lance Corporal, and all Marines young and old in between - everyone wanted to talk with Manny and they were lining up all night long just to shake his hand and hear a few words from him! A member of the greatest generation and a living legend that epitomized the phrase “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” his presence at our Birthday Ball made that evening one of the best nights of my 25 years in our beloved Corps! Manny you were one of our best and someone that we all will miss.

Fair Winds, Following Seas and Semper Fidelis!

Michael R. Challgren

MGySgt (Ret) Steven Berry
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Semper Fi Manny!
I trult enjoyed sitting kneecap to kneecap with you and listen to your wonderful stories.

You will be missed but now we have one more Marine to guard the streets of heaven.

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