John Edwin Manning

CHANNAHON – John Edwin Manning, 82, of Channahon and formerly of Dwight passed away at Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Joliet, after a long battle with CHF, Monday, May 23, 2016. John and Sue will be interred together at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 2, in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood. You may join the family for a Celebration of John’s Life Friday, June 3, between 4 and 8 p.m., at Heritage Bluff Golf Club, 24355 W. Bluff Rd., Channahon. Surviving are his daughter, Peggy Sue (Dennis) Esser of Deforest, Wisconsin; son, Timothy John (Janel) Manning of Minooka; daughter, Dr. Kelly Ann (Paul) ManningSmith of Channahon; six grandchildren: Amanda Smith, Matt and Jessica Smith Lauterbach, Joseph and Carissa Smith, and Allyssa Smith; four greatg r a n d d a u g h t e rs: El l a , Madison, Morgan and Cheyenne; a sister, Theodora Jebens, Oswego; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Sue Ellen Jericho Manning; parents, Roy and Theo Bailey Manning; brothers: Roy Manning and Ray Manning; sisters: Ruby Woods, Pearle Krantz, Lela Ziman, Helen Barrett, and Sara Byrne. John was born in Bristol, Illinois June 15, 1933. He graduated from Newton High School in 1951. He is remembered for his service in the Navy during the Korean War, and his service in the Illinois State Police for 30 years. He was active in Dwight youth activities as a Little League coach and Cub Scout leader. He farmed in the Dwight area for 40 years until he retired at the age of 70. He loved bird watching, singing along with old country music songs, and a good White Sox game! Like all farmers, he loved to spin a yarn in the coffee shop and talk about the weather. Regardless of the long work hours he kept, John always found time to travel with his family. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association.