Daniel L. Manning, 77, of Weston, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, with his loving wife of nearly 50 years at his side.
He was born in Wausau on August 18, 1940 to the late Daniel and Wilhelmina (Blattert) Manning. On May 4, 1968, he married Shirley Seehafer at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau.
After graduating from Wausau High School in 1958, Dan drove school bus, delivered lime to farmers, and worked for Eugene Detjens and Ray Wolfe. He joined the United States Army on August 26, 1963 and served honorably until his discharge as an SP5 E-5 on August 25, 1969. Daniel received both his SHARPSHOOTER with a Rifle M-14 accommodation as well as EXPERT in both the 155 MM and 120 MM RR accommodation. He also completed the Davy Crockett course at FT CARSON and was a member of the Davy Crockett Platoon, 2d Brigade 2d Infantry Division from October 7, 1964 until July 15, 1965. Always humble, he did not think he did anything special; he just did his job serving his country.
After the Army, Dan began his truck driving career with Beaver Transport before joining Schneider Transport of Green Bay. As an over the road truck driver and very proud Teamster, he logged thousands of hours and miles over the 30 plus years he was behind the wheel. When he retired in 1997 from Schneider, he had achieved over 2 million accident free miles.
Following his retirement, Dan did not drive anymore than was absolutely necessary. He became an avid recycler, particularly enjoying recycling various metals and meticulously sorting them. He simply hated waste. Dan was not materialistic, but he did love his John Deere lawn tractors. He never lost anything and believed everything had a place and when something was used, it should be put back right where it was originally found.
Dan was a devoted husband, selfless provider, proud father and adoring Grandpa. Prior to his health failing, PePaw, as he was called by his grandkids, loved going to the their baseball and softball games, dance recitals, and school programs. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church for over 45 years.
Daniel is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Shirley; his children, Beth Manning, Brenda Manning (Ron Witucki) and Allan (Jennifer) Manning; his grandchildren, Sydney and Abigail Kurszewski, Zachary Wix and Lilyan Manning, and Nicholas Witucki; brothers, Wesley (Judy) Manning and Perry Manning; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Moseng. He is further survived by Shirley’s brothers and sisters, LeRoy (Jean) Seehafer, Eugene (Judy) Seehafer, Sheila (Paul) Burgus and Sara (Brian Jarocki) Goetsch.
Beside his parents, Dan was preceded in death by his sister, Wendy Moseng and his mother and father-in-law, Wilbert and Myra Seehafer.
Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson Street, Weston. Pastor Ray Connor will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park at a later date. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.
The family would like to thank Dr. Robert C. Kaupie of Aspirus Family Physicians for overseeing and coordinating Dad’s medical care for many years, as well as Dr. Adam Clements of Aspirus Wausau Hospital who helped us gain the last 2 weeks with dad, and the Everest Metro Police Department and EMS, especially Officers Brenda Pollowski and Scott Marten for their exceptional assistance and compassion to the family.
Daddy/PePaw, please know you no longer have to worry about us. We promise to take good care of Mom/MeMaw. You taught us well whether you thought so or not. We miss you terribly, but we are comforted knowing you are no longer in pain and are finally comfortable and at peace.