Donald Frank Manahan
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Donald Frank Manahan
  • June 19, 1928 - October 28, 2017
  • Illinois

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Donald Frank Manahan. 89, of Normal, passed away at 4:17 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at his home.

His funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church in Normal with Pastor Jonathan Huehn and Pastor Timothy Fitzner officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Interment with Military Honors will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church.

Donald was born on June 19, 1928 in Rockford, Illinois, a son to Colin Billings and Ann Buffo Manahan IV. He married Wilma Marcille Walker on January 14, 1955 in Washington DC.

Surviving is his loving wife of 62 years, Wilma Manahan of Normal; three children, Kevin (Sarah) Manahan of Chicago, Kathi (Wayne) Grupe of Bloomington and Kyle (Kristina) Manahan of Chicago; five grandchildren, Lindsey (Daniel) Johnson, Nichole, Kyle and Chanel Grupe and Spencer Manahan; one great grandchild, Edward Johnson; two brothers, Colin B. Manahan V of Bloomington and Robert D. Manahan of Spring Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Donald proudly served in the United States military, first enlisting in the United States Coast Guard as a ships's cook, 1st Class in 1945 and in the United States Air Force during the Korean War retiring as a Staff Sergeant in 1955. He received many honors including; C.G. Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Air Force Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He attended La Salle-Peru-Olgesby Community College in La Salle and later graduated from Illinois State Normal University with a Masters degree in Education in 1963. Donald was blessed to work with young people, first as a teacher and later as an Administrator at Unit 5 Schools, then as an I.S.U. Clinical Assistant Professor, retiring in 2011.

Donald was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Normal where he served on the Board of Christian Education and as an elder for many years.

He enjoyed traveling, gardening and spending time with his family. Donald was loved by his family and enjoyed by his friends.

The family would like to thank the nurses, CNA's and staff at OSF Hospice Region 4 for their care. A special thank you to caregivers, Carol, Lance and Debi.