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Willis C. Manges Jr.


January 11, 2021


Willis C. Manges Jr, 84, passed from this world on January 11th, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on August 26, 1936 in Philadelphia, PA where he lived for the first 18 years of his life. He attended Penn State University and received a bachelorís degree in Chemical Engineering in 1958, and a masterís degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1964. He worked as a Chemical Engineer for 16 years, after which he decided to switch careers and become a dentist, graduating from Temple University Dental School in 1977. He practiced dentistry in Danville for 43 years.

Bill genuinely enjoyed providing dental care to those in the Danville community, but his true love was flying. He obtained his pilotís license in 1969 and flew whenever he had the opportunity Ė nearly every Sunday. He also was an instructor pilot for many years and enjoyed sharing his love of flying with those who wanted to learn. His other love was Penn State football and he held season tickets for 55 years. Bill was also an avid world traveler; his favorite trips were those he and his wife took to Australia. He was an amateur astronomer, and was especially fond of photographing the solar eclipse, no matter where in the world it was best viewed.

Dr. Manges leaves behind his loving wife Kay, to whom he was married for 61 years, a son Mark, of Montpelier, VT, a daughter Krista and her husband Frank of Fredericksburg, VA and three granddaughters, Samara of Portland, ME, Rachel and her husband Sam of Arlington, VA, and Katie, also of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by his sisters, for whom he had great affection, Patricia and Kathy.  He was preceded in death by one brother, James.

Bill was kind, brilliant, hard-working, and a role model to those who knew him. He will always be remembered for his love of learning, his compassion, and his sweet tooth. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

A Private Celebration of Billís Life will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA with Pastor Shawn McNett officiating.   With respect to Covid-19 restrictions, friends and family may view his service remotely by Facebook Livestream at www.facebook.com/visneskifh.  Burial will be private in Odd Fellows Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa FL  33607 or online www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or to St. Judeís Childrenís Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38105-9959 or online at www.stjude.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA  17821.

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