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
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
to St. Judeís Childrenís Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis
TN 38105-9959 or online at
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.
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