William Manuel

William Manuel

MANSFIELD – William R. Manuel, 81, of Mansfield passed away at 9 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 27, 2012) at Champaign Urbana Regional Rehab Center, Savoy.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Mansfield United Methodist Church, Mansfield, with Pastor Sharon Monroe officiating. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Mansfield United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Mansfield United Methodist Church or the Northern Piatt County Fire Protection District. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, is in charge of arrangements.

William was born Sept. 13, 1931, in rural Mansfield, a son of Raleigh E. and Katherine J. Pittenger Manuel. He married Velma J. Gawthorp on Nov. 19, 1950, at the Mansfield United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Velma J. Manuel of Mansfield; children, William M. Manuel, Mindy (John) Sherrick and Marlin (Christine) Manuel, all of Mansfield; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Manuel of Mansfield; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and son, Marc E. Manuel.

William had worked at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for 35 years before retiring. He was a member of Mansfield United Methodist Church; member of the Mansfield Lions Club; former volunteer fireman for the Mansfield Fire Department; and had served on the Mansfield school board and Mansfield Village Board.