Paul Francis Mannion, 87 years of age, and a former resident of Amherst, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness. He was born April 26, 1926 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Paul was raised in Pennsylvania, coming to Amherst as a teenager with his parents. Amherst remained his home until 2008 when he moved to Wellington to be near his daughter, Polly.
Paul proudly served in the United States Army during World War II in Germany until its end, where upon he returned to New York for redeployment in Japan. His deployment never occurred, due to victory in the Pacific Theater by Allied forces. As a civilian, Paul was employed as a machinist at Bendix Westinghouse for over 30 years before retiring. After retirement, he went to work for Lorain Products as a security guard for around 10 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served as a volunteer with the Amherst Fire Department for over 25 years. His service to his community was not only through the church and city fire department but also with Meals on Wheels and as a blood donor for the local blood banks, earning membership with the Gallon Donor Club. Paul loved golfing into his early 80s and enjoyed being able to attend the Honor's Flight World War II Memorial. His WWII service was also recognized by the Amherst School Board when he was issued an honorary High School Diploma for his enlistment before graduation during his senior year.
Survivors include his sons and their wives, Michael G. and Audrey Mannion of Phoenix, Arizona, Thomas and Dawn Mannion of Independence; his daughter and her husband, Polly and Brian Bratton of Wellington; grandchildren, Leah, Bryan, Chelsea, Eric, Robert, James, Chrissy, Jenny and Dustin; as well as many great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, June Marie Mannion on September 21, 1999; brothers, Vincent and Regis; and his parents, Vincent and Anna Mannion (nee Amend).
Friends may call Tuesday, October 8, 2013, from 4 until 8 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Closing Prayers will be held Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 10 A.M., at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 A.M., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst. The Reverend Father James J. Reymann, of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Wellington, will be the Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, in Amherst. Full Military Honors will be given by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Wellington Senior Citizens Bus Association, 115 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington, OH 44090.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com