The Rev. Charles L. "Chuck" Manker, 91, a long-time Petoskey, MI resident and former pastor of the Petoskey United Methodist Church, passed peacefully at Hiland Cottage on Friday evening, February 17, 2017, surrounded by family. Chuck was born on August 9, 1925, in Ellsworth, MI to the late Bernard and Lila (Cairns) Manker. He attended Hastings High School, graduating in 1942 at age 16. A classic overachiever, he had four college degrees: a Bachelor of Theology from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University, a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Divinity from Drew University (graduating Cum Laude). He loved music all of his life and began singing on the radio at age 12 with his brothers in the Manker Trio. Chuck started preaching at age 17 and spent five-plus years traveling throughout the United States and Canada on evangelistic crusades for over 20 denominations. Chuck served the United Methodist Church as a pastor from 1959 to his retirement in 1975. He was appointed as the new pastor in January of 1963 to lead the congregation of Chapel Hill Methodist Church of Portage in building their first "church on the corner" at Oakland Drive and Romence Road. He served there until February of 1968 when he was appointed to lead the Methodist Church in Marshall, MI in their building program. He also served churches in Traverse City, MI (1959-1963), and Petoskey, MI (1970-1975). After retiring from ministry in 1975, Chuck began a successful real estate career, acquiring rental properties and founding Century 21 Manker Associates, which he sold in 1987. He was also a licensed social worker and was a part-time instructor of philosophy and religion at NCMC. He loved to sing, enjoyed playing golf (shot his age 18 times with two holes-in-one), sports, gardening and flying as a private pilot. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Lorie; brothers, Roy and Wes; and a sister, Mae. He is survived by his brother, Bernie; four sons, Mark, Matt, Mike and Marty; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In accordance with Chuck's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family has chosen to delay a memorial service until summer so that family and friends who winter elsewhere may attend. Service arrangements are pending and will be announced later. Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Portage, MI. Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Gaylord Funeral Home.