Patrick A. Manion (Red), 91, of Appleton, WI passed away unexpectedly on May 4, 2021.
Patrick was born on October 23, 1929 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Herbert and Barbara Manion. Pat was married to Betty Lou Manion (Spoehr) on June 30, 1949, in Oshkosh, WI, and they were married for 67 years.
He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and St. Norbert’s High School in Green Bay, WI.
Pat learned the plastering trade as an apprentice with his father Herbert and Uncle Eddie in Peoria, IL. He realized his passion for the business and moved back home to Oshkosh to start and build his own plastering contracting business at age 21. His business and passion for plastering and stucco work, continued for 62 years, with his final project being completed at the age of 82. In his heart he never really retired from the business and was always looking for that next job.
Pat was an avid outdoorsman with a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing. He was proud of his trophy buck which he harvested at the young at heart age of 82. He loved to talk about his days growing up in Oshkosh, his Irish heritage and his time spent in the military where he served in the occupation in Japan. One of his favorite things to do was to go out to the woods and spend the day cutting and splitting wood and cooking hot dogs over the fire with his children.
Pat is survived by his six children: Barbara Manion-Platt (Curtis), Timothy (Melody), Patrick (Nancy), Dennis (Caron), Barton (Berit), and John (Jennifer).
Pat has sixteen grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jonathan (Claire), Sean (Amber), Meredith (Alex), Brian, Katherine (Kelly), Megan (Colin), Natalie, Timothy (Amy), Rebecca (Reald), Christina (Patrick), Joseph (Keri), Benjamin, Nicholas, Lindsey, Mitchell (Hannah).
He also has ten great-grandchildren: Olivia, Emile, Francis, Madison, Emma, Vivienne, Brayden, Quentin, Carson and Arla.
Pat is preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Lou, his parents and his eight brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army in his name.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021. Visitation is from 9:00am to 11:00am with service at 11:00am at Valley Funeral Home. Officiating will be Father John from Most Precious Blood Parish in New London. The family encourages all to wear masks.
Pat was so loved and will be greatly missed by his family…as well as those who appreciated his wit and Irish gift of gab.