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William "Bill" Manning

Died: August 4, 2016

Champaign, IL  William Paul (Bill) Manning (76), left this earthly life to meet his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, August 4, 2016. He was born April 15, 1940 in Homer, IL, the son of Wilbur T. and Nora B. (Marlow) Manning. His mother died in a car accident in January, 1953 and he was then adopted by Mary L. Manning and…read more

Champaign, IL  William Paul (Bill) Manning (76), left this earthly life to meet his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, August 4, 2016. He was born April 15, 1940 in Homer, IL, the son of Wilbur T. and Nora B. (Marlow) Manning. His mother died in a car accident in January, 1953 and he was then adopted by Mary L. Manning and his father.

 

Bill married his high school sweetheart, Janet S. Sanders on October 17, 1959. They had one son Jeffrey Todd on July 1, 1963. He preceded Bill in death on September 17, 2010.

 

Bill graduated from St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, IL on May 27, 1958 and continued his education at Champaign Commercial College. He also attended Parkland College to strengthen his knowledge in accounting and was in that field at Clifford-Jacobs Forging Company, Bacon & Van Buskirk Glass Company, and the University of Illinois Student Financial Aid Office for 47 years.

 

Bill was a member of First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy. He was baptized into the Christian faith in 1956 and served the Lord as youth counselor, deacon, elder, treasurer, and taught youth, adult, and special ed Sunday school. Bill served the children at First Baptist in the Awana program and Vacation Bible School. During his life, he traveled to Honduras and Africa on mission trips. One of his mission trips included serving 19 days in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helping to construct a water retention system. In Honduras, Bill served at an orphanage and helped to build furniture for the children.

 

Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Champaign County Association for the Mentally Challenged as treasurer and was instrumental in opening the first group home in Champaign for people with disabilities. He was on the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission serving on the Community Action Board, was a Life/Active Member of the Carle Hospital Auxiliary, and was a member of the University Club. Bill enjoyed traveling, dancing, bowling, and playing bridge.

 

Bill is survived by his wife, Janet, and his sister, Lois E. (Chuck) Sadler of Fithian, their children Steve and Donna Sadler (sons Spencer and Sam), Linda and Jim Riggs (daughters Susan and Kristen and Jeremy Wise) and Deana Sadler. He is also survived by Janet’s sister, Carol and her husband, Dan Mullis of Danville, IL and their son Matt and Claire Mullis (daughters Olivia and Hannah). Bill and Janet “unofficially” adopted a young family 15 years ago. They are Jared and Julianne Webber and their children Christoff, Megan, Kade, Mia, and Caleb. In addition to his son Jeff, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, James A. Manning, of Gifford, IL and sister Doris (Don) Wolf of Homer, IL as well as his parents.

 

There will be a visitation on Sunday, August 7,2016 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Champaign at Savoy. A celebration of life service will be at the church (corner of South Prospect and Burwash Avenue, Savoy) on Monday, August 8,2016 at 11:00 am with Pastor Ron McDugle officiating. A visitation at the church will begin at 10:00 am.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Developmental Services Center, 1304 West Bradley, Champaign, IL 61822 or to Camp New Hope, PO Box 764, Mattoon, IL 61938 in memory of Jeff Manning and Bill.

 

The family would like to thank Carle Hospital and Carle Hospice, its doctors, nurses, aides, and other care givers and specialists for their services this past year. All have been so kind and sensitive to Bill’s needs. We also thank our family, friends, and our First Baptist Church family for their prayers, food, cards and care support this past year. The love we have received is beyond measure.

Morgan Memorial Home 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy is in charge of arrangements.

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