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Howard E. Mantsch

Howard E. “Bud” Mantsch, 92, longtime Oregon resident, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 in his home.

He was born Sept. 11, 1921 in Peoria, the son of John and Elsie (Schrecker) Mantsch.

He was a 1940 graduate of Dixon High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from 1942 to 1946, serving in World War II.

He married Cecilia “Ceil” Laskos on Jan. 12, 1946 in Oregon; she died Dec. 19, 2003.

Bud was employed as an electrician through IBEW Rockford Local 364 for many years prior to retirement.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, Knights of Columbus Council 1092, and Oregon VFW Post 8739.

Bud was a patriotic American, always a Marine, and a loving family man to whom no one was a stranger.

He is survived by his son, John (Melody) Mantsch, Glen Ellyn; his daughters: Cyndi Mantsch, Oceanside, Calif., Melody (Dr. Rick) Serola, Roscoe, and Susan Whitmore, Oregon; grandchildren: Kip and Marty Anderson, Kyle and Maizey Mantsch, and David and Arin Whitmore; and sister, Phyllis Heckman, Dixon.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Robin; brothers, Glenn and Jon; and sister, Kathleen Reynolds.

Christian funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant.

Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, with a 7 p.m. Vigil Wake Service.

Memorials in Bud’s name may be made to Oregon VFW Post 8739. 

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