RANTOUL – James Daniel Mann, 58, of Rantoul left his earthly home surrounded by his loving family at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 2, 2011).
Danny was born on Jan. 21, 1953, in Urbana to James and Modeen (Eads) Mann. He met Mary Knechtges, the love of his life, in 1983. On Jan. 6, 1990, he married this "feisty little German girl," as he often referred to her. Danny often said, "Mary was the best thing that ever happened to me."
He is survived by his wife, Mary, and three children, Christina (Brandon) Reifsteck of Tolono, Richard Taticek of Killeen, Texas, and Steven Taticek of Traverse City, Mich. He has four grandchildren, Mackenzie and Dylan Taticek of Rantoul and Ethan and Mia Reifsteck of Tolono. Also surviving are two sisters, Darlene Gillaspie of Springfield and Sandy Chancey of Murphysboro, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John and James.
Danny recently attended his 40th year high school reunion - he graduated from Rantoul Township High School in 1971. He worked at Kraft Foods for 38 years, retiring in May of this year. Danny was also a member of Bible Baptist Church, Rantoul.
Danny enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He was also known for his unique sense of humor.
He was very proud of the three children he and Mary raised. He had an extremely proud memory for each one. For Christina, it was when she graduated from the Police Training Institute and he presented her with her first gun. With Richard, it was when he entered the U.S. Army, having proudly served his country with three deployments to Iraq. For Steven, it is his continued service in the U.S. Coast Guard and having no fear in accepting every challenge put before him in following his dreams.
Special family friend, Shurouq Barakat, was loved dearly by Danny. She always made his favorite eclairs, which he greatly enjoyed.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Lux Memorial Chapel, 1551 E. Grove, Rantoul. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Bible Baptist Church, 201 N. Century, Rantoul, with Pastor Steve Sabin officiating.
The family wishes to thank Provena Covenant Medical Center, Dr. Wahba and staff at Provena, the Provena Covenant Hospice staff, and all those who were involved in Danny's care.
Memorials may be made to Provena Covenant Medical Center or Provena Covenant Hospice.
To know Danny was to love him. We will forever cherish his memories.