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Jessica Lee Manning

Jessica Lee Manning died in a motorcycle accident on January 20, 2020 near her home in Weeki Wachee, Florida.  She was  27 years old. Her adventurous soul and loving personality lives on in the hearts of all who know her.

Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho she was raised in Wisconsin.  She was a good student, played flute and piano, enjoyed sports and friends. After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps proudly serving for four years and earning her second stripe as a Corporal. She was awarded the Molly Marine award by her fellow recruits in boot camp as an example of the strengths embodied by the ideal Marine.  While on active duty she earned several medals and awards including Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal and Marksman Rifle Badge.

Jessie was stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia for most of her career as an administrative specialist for the Marine Tank Division.  Following her military service Jessie attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point for a time.  She then lived in Hong Kong for 2 years teaching bilingual preschool.

She leaves behind her parents Ron Manning (MaryAlexis Pfutzenreuter) and Patrice Witt (Randy Witt), big brother Jacob, her loving partner Jomar Perez Velasquez, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a multitude of life long friends.
A memorial service will be held at Heritage Hill State Park (2640 South Webster Ave) in Green Bay, WI on Sunday September 13th at 1:00pm.
Scheduled for 2:00pm, following the memorial service, military honors shall be rendered by the US Marine Corps Funeral Honors Team and the American Legion Post 11.
On Monday September 14th, 2020 at 10:00am, Jessie will be laid to rest at Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, Wisconsin just outside of the town where she grew up.  Her interment is private and will be attended by her immediate family.

Jessie was a proud United States Marine.  Donations in her memory are appreciated to the Women Marines Association at

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  • Rigo Colôn says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Cpl Manning in Fort Benning (Marine Corps Detachment).

    Fair winds and following seas, Jessica. May God bless your family in this difficult time.


  • Terry Hernesman says:

    So sorry to hear the sad news.
    Prayers for your family.
    May the Lord give you peace and comfort.

    Terry and Marie Hernesman

  • Terra says:

    She will forever be one of my best friends. She taught everyone around her so much. Her heart will live on through us all!

  • Kayla says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing Jessie at Ft benning. My ex husband was stationed there. She was my best friend there. We would hang out all the time, go to bon fires, go out to eat. Her mom and her came over for thanksgiving and they watched football. She was an amazing person and friend. I’m going to miss her so much. I’m sorry we lost touch after I left. She holds a special place in my heart. I’m here if her family needs me. ❤️

  • Danielle Rice (formerly Gengler) says:

    I went to boot camp with Manning. She was such a beautiful human being. Just being in her presence made boot camp better and could cheer anyone up. She will be missed.

  • Marc Jimos says:

    Jessie was a student of mine in Ashwaubenon High School band program.. I’ll always remember her infectious smile, positive attitude and warm personality. It was evident how much she was loved by her friends and family. I extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends. I pray that all who knew and loved her cherish the positive memories they have and grow to find peace.

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