Martin A. Manning, 98


Martin Asbury Manning, 98, of Springfield, formerly of Pawnee, died Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Aperion Care in Jacksonville. 

A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee. The Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will conduct military honors. Curry Funeral Home in Pawnee is assisting the family.

Mr. Manning was born July 29, 1921, in Farmersville, the son of Asbury and Mattie (Alexander) Manning. He married Mary Jane Dixon, and she preceded him in death in 2004.

A U.S. Army veteran, he fought in battles and campaigns at Normandy, northern France,  Ardennes,  Rhineland and central Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound he received in a battle in Luxembourg on Jan. 22, 1945. 

He received three service bars: the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre ribbon with one silver battle star, the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre ribbon and the American Campaign Medal Philippine Liberation ribbon. He retired from Sangamo Electric Company in Springfield.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Robin Sudduth; stepgreat-granddaughter, Emily Earl; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews in the Pawnee area.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by  a son, Martin Jay Manning in 2007, and four brothers, Claude, Irvine, Burdette and Morgan.

Memorials may be made to the Pawnee Food Pantry, P.O. Box 304, Pawnee, IL 62558-0304.

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