The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


September 7, 2012

Louis D. 'Louie' Mann Sr.

DANVILLE — Louis D. “Louie” Mann Sr., 75 of Danville went to be with the Lord at 9:32 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at his residence after a short bout with cancer.

Louie was born Sept. 28, 1936, in Danville, the son of Russell D. Mann and Aletha (Mains) Mann.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Kathryn Watson Mann. Also surviving are his daughter, Rebecca (Hammadi) Elharti, of Danville; his son, Louis D. “Jay” Mann Jr., of Tampa, Fla.; one grandson, whom he loved like a son, Aron D. Mann, of Austin, Texas; and a special niece, Evelyn (Curtis) Gravett, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and his very special dog, Sadie. He also is survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews, including one special great-niece, Jody Duncheon, of Oakwood, who assisted in his care; lifelong friends, Louie Roberts, of Danville, Don (Joyce) Bash, of Lakeland, Fla.; special friends, Jimmy and Kelly Ajdinoski; and the employees at the Village Garden.

Louie was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George Asil (Ace) Mann; and one sister, Fauniel Harding. He was previously married to Mary Ellen Mann.

Louie retired from General Electric/Valmont after 37 years of service. He was a member of the Holy Family Church of Danville. His talents/hobbies were photography, drawing and oil painting. He played many instruments, his favorites being the keyboard and guitar. Other hobbies included woodworking and working in his yard.

The family wishes to give special thanks to the nurses and CNAs at Provena USMC 4 West, nurse Jackie at the Hawthorne Inn, Dr. Labayog and Dr. Soni and their staff at the Cancer Center, and last, but not least, neighbors Lonnie and Ruby Swinford for all they have done, as well as many other friends for their offerings of help and prayers including friends from Becky’s Tuesday group. Also, a very special thank you to Hospice and Scott Stewart with Hospice for their wonderful care.

A celebration of the life of Louis “Louie” Mann Sr. will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with entombment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation for family and friends will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the funeral home. Please join Louie’s family in sharing of memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at

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