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James Manley

January 12, 1926 — March 25, 2013

James V. Manley

Benson - James V. Manley, 87, of Benson, IL passed away at 11:47
pm on Monday, March 25, 2013 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in
Bloomington, IL.

He was born on January 12, 1926 in Streator, IL a son of Ralph and
Geneveieve Sullivan Manley. He married Ella Marie Murphy on July
25, 1952 in Bloomington, IL.  She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Janet (Paul) Griego of
Glendale, AZ; Elaine (Tom) Harms of Roanoke, IL; Laura (Tom)
Knoblauch of Normal, IL; one son, Murray (Vickie) Manley of Benson,
IL; one sister, Marian Volz of El Paso, IL; eight grandchildren,
Kelly Dodson, Brad (Jennifer) Griego, Amy (Mat) Dobie, Kristen
Knoblauch, Nick Knoblauch, Kim Knoblauch, Taylor March, Noah
(Robin) March, and six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Taylor,
Ella, Anthony, and Noah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and one

Earlier in life, James had worked for State Farm and had a grocery
business in Benson. He later worked at Caterpillar, Inc. for 34
years until his retirement.

A Navy veteran, he served his country during WWII and participated
in the invasion of Hiroshima and the battles of Okinawa.

He was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Benson, the
Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Benson Post, and the IL
LST Association.  He had also served as a volunteer
EMT on the Benson Ambulance and was a life long White Sox

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, April 1, 2013
at St. John Catholic Church in Benson, IL.  Msgr. Charles
Beebe will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9-10 am before
the services at the church. A rosary service will be conducted at
8:30 am at the church before the visitation. Burial with military
honors will be in St. John Catholic Cemetery.
Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is in charge of the

Memorial contributions may be made to St.  John Catholic
Church, Benson Ambulance, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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