A memorial service for LaVerne J. Manning, 77, of Princeton, Ill., was Friday at the Norberg Memorial Home, in Princeton. Mark Manning officiated. Burial will be private and at a later date.
LaVerne Joseph Manning passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at St. Margarets Hospital, Spring Valley, Ill. He was born May 13, 1935, in Thompson, Ill., to Bernard Joseph and Catherine Mary (Haffman) Manning. He attended school in Polo, Ill. He married Shirley Whipple in 1957. She passed away in 1991. He then married Norma Johnson in 1993. He was an over-the-road truck driver for Auto Buyers. He owned his own milk truck for five years, Illinois Valley Trucking, and eventually retired from Consolidated Freightways in August 1998.
He enjoyed woodworking, crafts and spending time with family.
He is survived by: his wife, Norma Manning, of Princeton. Also surviving are children: Mark (Amy) Manning, of Wyanet, Ill., Julie Moore, of Houston, Ladonna (Bill) Fasig, of Dacula, Ga., Margo Grotti, of Princeton, Larissa (Greg) Kramer, of Pennsauken, N.J., Bradley Moore, of San Diego; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three sisters, Lavonne Blakesley, of Livingston, Mont., Leota Cavanauen, of Polo, Ill., Donna Conklin, of Beloit, Mich.; and one brother, Lyle (Shirley) Manning, of Polo; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; three brothers; three sisters; and his first wife.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the donor's choice.