Denise Manning

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Denise Lynn Manning, nee Storey, 68, of Troy, IL, born April 7, 1955, in Wichita, KS, died Monday, September 18, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Denise had a love of adventure, likely stemming from growing up in a military family and living in multiple places in the United States before settling in Shiloh, IL as a teenager. There she met Dan, at a church event, and in time, they became high school sweethearts. Education was important to Denise and instead of accepting Dan’s first marriage proposal, she opted to finish her medical technology degree at Columbia College in South Carolina.

After college, Dan and Denise married and then began their family a few years later. Denise was a medical technologist at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL for over 30 years before retiring in 2020.

The most important things to Denise was her faith and her family. Denise was steadfast in her love for Jesus. Going to church every Sunday was a priority for her and she would not let her family deviate from that plan, despite the protest from her children every now and then. Next came her family. Whether it be eating together as a family, taking vacations together or a weekly designated “family fun day”, she did everything she could to show her love for Dan and the kids. While her children were growing up and long after, their house was the one everyone would gather at as Denise had an open-door policy and treated everyone as family.

Denise was blessed to be able to travel both with her dear friends and with her family all over the US, Europe and even the Middle East. Despite her far-flung adventures, boating at Table Rock Lake was where Denise was most happy on vacation.

The title she wore most proudly was the title of “Meme” as she welcomed four dear grandchildren, Liam, Finn, Austyn and Harper over the past 8 years. Time with her grandchildren was cherished and she loved them fiercely. She was an active, kind, fun and loving “Meme”, constantly entertaining the four kids and playing on the floor with them.

Denise fought a courageous battle against cancer that took much from her. She endured more than many of us could even imagine and did so with grace. Never one to complain, she continued to live life the best she could with a quiet confidence of knowing that she would be leaving this life for an eternal life with God, free of pain and suffering. In her last few days, she had found an eternal peace and was constantly surrounded by those she loved the most.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. and Alice L., nee Parker, Storey; her sister, Sheryl Brock; and her brother, Edward Storey.

She is survived by her loving husband, Daniel E. Manning; two children, Tara (Cole) Kringlen, and Scott (Stephanie) Manning; four grandchildren, Finn and Harper Kringlen, and Liam and Austyn Manning; a sister, Linda (Ron) Bachali; and many other dear family members.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, the church where Dan and Denise met and were married and have been active members for countless years. Condolences and memories may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Family and friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2023, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, Shiloh, IL.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2023, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, Shiloh, IL, with pastor Ken Hutchens officiating.

Following the service, a dinner and celebration of Denise’s life will be held at Klucker Hall in Shiloh, IL.

A private burial will be at Shiloh Valley Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


12 Comments on Denise Manning

Jim and Terri Odorizzi said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2023 at 4:28 PM

Dear Dan and Family— we have just learned of Denise’s death and are so shocked and saddened. She was such a fun person, she will be missed by many, including those people like us who didn’t get to see you guys regularly but enjoyed it when we did. You have our sympathy.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Bob and Debbie Loehr said : Guest Report Sep 26, 2023 at 10:52 AM

Dan and Tara and Scott we are so sorry for your loss. It's unfortunate that we have drifted apart but remember the good times with scouts and the canoe trip with the snake in the tree. May God bless.

  • OFallon
  • Illinois
Hope Bieri said : Guest Report Sep 25, 2023 at 1:13 PM

Prayers for the Family, my ❤️ goes out to You

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
Patricia Verrette said : Guest Report Sep 23, 2023 at 11:49 PM

Denise was known to me as Tara's Mom and a group of close friends indeed. She is loved and cherished for who she was and is forever. Prayers for the family forever and may GOD and Jesus help you all in the difficult times ahead.

  • Overland Park
  • Kansas said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 7:32 PM

Dear family, I am sorry for the passing of this precious lady So glad for the happy memories from our family reunions. Many special occasions growing up. My thoughts a prayers are with you all. Love abound

  • Bonner Springs
  • Kansas
Lana Munie said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 4:19 PM

Dan & family, Our thoughts & prayers are with you all! Cherish your memories!

  • Shilih
  • Illinois
Debbi Rupert said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2023 at 7:58 AM

Love and prayers for strength and healing in this most difficult loss. May she live in your hearts until you are together again.

  • Ardmore
  • OK
Gail said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 6:28 PM

Dan and family: how blessed you were to have Denise as your wife and mom. She was always happy, energetic and fun to be around. She was so loved by everyone she met. God bless you all. Fly high Denise! 🪽

  • OFallon
  • Il
Cindi Lombardo Gunsalus said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 6:12 PM

Dearest family, I have loved Denise since we met in childhood while she was dating and before dating Danny, we had so much fun with her as young girls in youth group. I remember slumber parties At our aunt Shirley’s. I remember trips with her to little grassy. Kings Lake. Having family reunions down at table rock lake in Branson . she will be greatly missed. I love you, Denise I love you to family our deepest sympathies. Neil and Cindi Gunsalus

  • Bonner, Springs
  • Kansas
Donna Clements said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 5:40 PM

Dan and family- my heart is broken as I will miss Denise so much. With the world as it’s been it was hard for all of us getting together. But I will always have memories of all our adventures. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending our love to all

  • Caseyville
  • Il
Tim Slazinik said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 4:20 PM

My heart is with the family. Denise and her family were like a second family to me, growing up as next door neighbors. She had an open door and an open heart for everyone. I will always remember Denise for her kind heart, big smile and great hugs. She will be forever missed and loved.

  • Seattle
  • Washington
Billy and Diana Huster said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2023 at 1:57 PM

Dear Scott and family please know that you’re all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time God bless you all .

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois

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