Dennis Ray Manskar of Stamford, a Vietnam War veteran, died on April 18. He was 67 years old.

Manskar was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966 with a commission as an Ensign and spent his life doing what he loved, flying.

Manskar served in Vietnam and at the Pentagon during the first Gulf War. After 28 years he retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander. He continued to fly, working as a pilot and instructor with Eastern Airlines and North American Airlines.

Manskar is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sharon; a daughter, Kristen, and a son, Matthew. He was described as always putting his friends and family above all else.

Visitation will be Monday, April 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer St. in Stamford. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m., also at the Funeral Home. Interment will be later this summer at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family asks that donations be made in Manskar’s name to the National Parkinson Foundation or Wounded Warrior Project.

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