Howard "Bud" Mantsch - 92

9/10/1921 - 3/22/2014

Oregon, IL

Howard E. “Bud” Mantsch, 92, longtime Oregon resident, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 in his home. Born September 11, 1921 in Peoria the son of John and Elsie (Schrecker) Mantsch. He was a 1940 graduate of Dixon High School and a US Marine Corps veteran from 1942 to 1946, serving in World War 2 . Married to Cecilia “Ceil” Laskos January 12, 1946 in Oregon; she died December 19, 2003. Bud was employed as an electrician through IBEW Rockford Local 364 for many years prior to retirement. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, Knights of Columbus Council 1092 and Oregon VFW Post 8739. Bud was a patriotic American, always a Marine, and a loving family man to whom no one was a stranger. Survived by his son, John (Melody) Mantsch of Glen Ellyn; his daughters: Cyndi Mantsch of Oceanside , Calif., Melody (Dr. Rick) Serola of Roscoe and Susan Whitmore of Oregon; grandchildren: Kip and Marty Anderson, Kyle and Maizey Mantsch and David and Arin Whitmore; great granddaughter, Siena Anderson; and sister, Phyllis Heckman of Dixon. Also preceded in death by his parents, daughter Robin, brothers Glenn and Jon, and sister Kathleen Reynolds. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am Wednesday March 26 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant. Burial at a later date in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation Tuesday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home Oregon 5:00-7:00pm with a 7:00pm Vigil Wake Service. Memorials in Bud’s name may be made to Oregon VFW Post 8739.


5-7pm Tuesday March 25 in Oregon FH 7pm Vigil Prayer Service


11AM Wednesday in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon

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