Kenneth Lyle “Kenney” Mann, 95, of Normal, passed away 12:05 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 10, 2017) at Heritage Health, Normal.
His memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Bloomington. The Very Rev. David Halt will officiate. Inurnment will immediately follow in the church columbarium. Military rites will be performed by the Bloomington–Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.
Kenney was born July 6, 1922, in Bloomington, to John George and Sarah Ann Radley Mann. He married Donna Lee Heininger on Nov. 18, 1950, in Bloomington. She preceded him in death Jan. 15, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Kenneth Woith; three brothers, Charles, Richard and Harry; and two sisters, Alma Tieman and Bessie Harsha.
He is survived by four daughters, Wendy Woith, Normal; Carol (Gary) Montague, Normal; Mary (Rusty) Hospelhorn, Bloomington; and Sandy (Mike) Oye, Arcola; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
During the Great Depression, he and his brothers lived at Victory Hall in Normal, where he stayed for six years until the age of 12. It was there he made several friends with whom he remained close throughout his life. Kenney proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. On D-Day he was aboard LST 266 as it delivered the 29th infantry to Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, and unloaded them and their equipment with no casualties. On June 14, they delivered the British to Gold beachhead, where their LST took enemy fire, and they had to abandon ship temporarily for repairs. The LST made several trips hauling injured soldiers and German prisoners back to England. Kenney began attending annual LST 266 reunions in 1989, and did so faithfully every year following.
Kenney retired in 1985 after many years working as a cement mason for various construction companies in Central Illinois. He was proud of having helped in the construction of several buildings at Illinois State University, including Milner Library, Watterson Towers, the Bone Student Center, and the bridge across College Avenue. His last 10 years of employment were spent working on construction of the Clinton Nuclear Power Plant. He was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bloomington and was an active member of the local VFW and American Legion.
Kenney loved spending time with his family and friends and was also known for his joke-telling and poems. He loved playing bingo, woodworking, fishing and golfing.
Memorial contributions may be made to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or American Legion Post 56, Normal.
Condolences may be left at www.calvertmemorial.com.