Joseph D. Mann - 63

2/24/1953 - 6/21/2016

Chana, IL

Joseph David "Joe" Mann, cherished husband and loving father, grandfather and brother went home to be with the Lord at his home on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, surrounded by family after a brief illness. Joe was born in Binghamton, NY on February 24, 1953 to William Richard Mann, Sr. and Dorothea Mae Mann, née Lewis. He was a graduate of Chenango Valley High School and joined the United States Army in 1970. Joe served his country during the Vietnam era and he served in recent years as a member of the American Legion helping his fellow veterans. Joe has made Illinois his home since the late 70's. He is a member and past deacon of Elim Reformed Church. He volunteered his time as manager of The King’s Camp. Joe's working life spanned jobs in the transportation, security and machining industries. But he would be quick to tell anyone that his most recent work as a charter and school bus driver was the most enjoyable and rewarding, especially when children were his passengers. His great love of children was evident as he transported them on field trips, sports meets, class trips, etc. Joe lived a life devoted to his family. He and Julie built a loving home together which quickly became the gathering place for family and friends. Joe always had a home project of some sort to work on and was a skilled craftsman who had a rare combination of skills which enabled him to not only conceptualize, but to design and build. Joe was a great friend. He was never too busy to help when called upon and was so blessed with the friendship, caring and generosity of his friends. His mischievous sense of humor and a welcoming embrace of people of every walk of life was treasured by family and friends, but especially by his grandchildren who gave him many hours/years of love and joy. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Julie Tobler Mann and his children and their families; Daniel (Leslie) Mann of Dixon, Illinois and their children, Trevor, Audrey and Owen; Darcie Mann of Vicksburg, Mississippi and her children, Devin, Randall and Maya; Sheena (Dan) Hessler of Stoughton, Wisconsin and their children, Devin, Carter and Emma. Joe is also survived by his brother, William Richard Mann, Jr of Decatur, Illinois and sisters, Nancy Mann Adams of Binghamton, NY and Patricia Mann Woolsey of Springfield, VA. Brother and Sisters in-law, Willa Hood, Carol Pretzer, Carol Tobler, Steve and Pam Tobler, Sue and Phil Meister as well as several nieces and nephews. Joe was pre-deceased by his parents, William Richard Mann, Sr. and Dorothea Mae Mann. Father and Mother in law, William and Olga Tobler, and Brothers in law; William F. Adams, James P. Woolsey and Jerry Tobler, nieces Jennifer Meister and Teresa Hood and nephew William P. Adams. A special thank-you to helpful caregivers, Andy, Jen, Tiffany, Linda Alderks and the rest of the staff at Serenity Hospice and Home for making it possible for Joe to spend the last days of his life here on earth at home. The family appreciates all the generous acts of support, encouragement and prayers throughout Joe’s illness.

Cremation Rites have been accorded. A celebration of Joe's life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Elim Church, Kings, with the Rev. Cary Winn, pastor, officiating, and burial in White Rock Cemetery, Kings. Visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Monday, June 27, 2016 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon. In lieu of flowers, please designate memorials to any of the following organizations: Serenity Hospice and Home, Manitoqua Ministries or The King’s Camp.


Monday 4:00-7:00 PM in FHG,Oregon


Tuesday 10:30 AM in Elim Church, Kings, IL

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