- 62 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 1, 1951
- Place of birth:
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 13, 2013
- Place of passing:
Waldorf, Maryland, United States
Michael "Mike" Mannchen was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He passed away after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was a wonderful man with a corny sense of humor and a big heart. Folks who knew him, knew that he was always ready with a joke to lighten the mood, and was fiercely loyal to those he loved.
Mike retired as Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force after 27 years of service. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems, graduating Magna Cum Laude from UMUC at the age of 50. At the age of 61, he retired yet again from his second career as the Senior Systems Engineer at Facchina Global Services.
Within the community, he was very active in his church, LifeStream Church of the Nazarene, where he served as Treasurer and Sound Board Technician, among other roles. His passions included his wife, children, grandchildren, church family, and friends. He also loved being handy around the house, woodworking, music, and video editing. He watched a lot of MSNBC and was always ready for a spirited political discussion, regardless of whether or not it was invited. He was a lifelong flutist; as a young man he was a member of Sheboygan’s Wuerl band alongside his father. Later, he performed regularly at church, often playing duets with his son, whom he taught.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Marianne Mannchen, and his sister, JoAnne Mannchen.
He is survived by his wife, Holly Mannchen; his three children, Scott (Stacey) Mannchen and their two children Amber and Austin; Lindsay (Patrick) Cox and their daughters, Abigail and Hazel; and Garrett Mannchen. He is also surivived by his brother, Steve (Nancy) Mannchen and their two children, Joseph and Julie.
Memorial Service Information
The visitation hours and memorial service were held at:
LifeStream Church of the Nazarene
5105 Leonardtown Rd Waldorf, MD 20601
Visitation: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 7pm
Memorial Service: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7pm
Interment: Arlington National Cemetary at a later date
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Mike's name.
"I can't believe that it has been 3 years since left this earth. He was such a wonderful man, a great mentor, a good friend. I remember signing in to my new duty station at Columbus AFB, Mississippi. I met this tall First Sergeant who said "It's nice to finally meet you. I'm still deaf in one ear because you screamed on the phone!" He called me in Alaska to tell me that I had been promoted to E-6. I think our friendship started there. I am sure that he is watching over Holly, the kids and the grandkids. Thank you Mike, for everything you did for me, your family, and your country."
"I think about you and miss you every day, Dad. I wish you could see your granddaughters today. Although Abby was too little to remember you, we show her pictures of you all the time and tell her stories about you. You never got to meet Hazel, although we did have the blessing of being able to tell you we were pregnant with her. She's so big now. You would have loved watching her zoom around the house pushing her baby doll stroller. She is so independent already.
You would have been thrilled to hear that Garrett and Liana are engaged. You confided in me that you really liked her, and that you thought she was a "keeper". You would be so proud of Garrett graduating law school and would have been the first to congratulate him for getting a clerkship with a federal judge after graduation.
I wish you could have been there to help Mom sell the house and move. She's in a really great community now, only 10 minutes from us. You probably would have said it was too big, but you would have let Mom have her way anyway :)
I miss you so much. What has surprised me in dealing with your death is the feeling of sadness I have, not just that you're not around, but how sad I feel for YOU that you're missing out on these things that are happening in our lives. I know death is a natural part of life, but it's still so hard to deal with when it's somebody you've loved your entire life.
Happy Birthday, Dad. I love you more than words can express."
"It’s been over two years since we have lost Mike and the remnants of his contributions to both the working and private communities still live on even after he has returned home to be with our Lord. I really wanted Mike to be present when I graduated with my Masters in Cyber Security with UMUC which he helped motivate me to begin and continue to pursue. He was there in my heart as one of the great ones and whom I was blessed to become best friends with. Sorry Mike, I am working with the Navy now (Smile) but as you too enjoyed, I am once again serving directly with the War Fighter again and loving it. I will do my part to bring them home alive and well just as we always spoke about.
To my friend I say, “I love and Miss you very much, and look forward to the day we once again talk for hours about the Good Old Days and how good people want to be.” Happy Birthday Mike and to the family I say, “It was my greatest honor to have been a small part of your family for a short time.” Mike loved you all very much and spoke frequently to me about you. Take care of the coin holder I made him; He really liked that and was a lot of fun making it for him.
SFC Karl Steinsberger, US Army (Retired)"
"You were one of my best friends and very important life couch for me through some very tough times. Our fellowship at work, during lunch, and personal times meant so much to me. I will truly miss you, your positive outlook on life, and sound pep-talks that always kept me going. I will always love you big brother. See you when it’s my time to come home with Christ. Karl and Dede"
"Mike, You hold a very special place in my heart. There is no question that you were a wonderful person and you touched my life in many ways in just the few months that I knew you. Thank you for solidifying to me the fact that taking care of others and going into nursing is where I belong. You fought until the end.."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Mike's many friends as we mourn the loss of a true gentleman and a great American. Mike will always remain in our hearts and memories.
Brent and Linda Snyder"
"I don't want to repeat what everyone else has said, so I'll keep it short... Mike has been my friend since the first day I met him at FGS in 2006. He was a wonderful friend and he will very sorely be missed.
"It was a pleasure working with Mike at FGS. He was a great co-worker and I salute his service to our country. I was sad to see him retire from FGS and even sadder to hear of his passing but I know that he is in a better place. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends. He will be missed but never forgotten!"
"What a beautiful tribute, Lindsay! He was so blessed to have such an amazing family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mike but feel I know so much about him through your Mom and reading these memorials just confirms that. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan and Dana OHalloran"
"This world has lost a very good man. Mike touched lives all over the world. He lived his beliefs every day being kind, loving and fair to all he met. His devotion to family, friends and his Church was an inspiration to those of us lucky enough to know him.The Combs family feels blessed to spend time with him.
May God hold you in the palm of his hand, Mike"
"Keeping you in our prayers that God will wrap his arms around you and provide the love, comfort, strength and peace needed at this time of great loss. We enjoyed meeting MIke and have such good memories of him. His valiant fight to regain his health will certainly inspire many as it has us. (Joe and I are here if we can do anything to help out with anything.)"
"What a wonderful mentor and friend Mike was. His belief an support of my zany ideas was immeasurable. He was a man I looked up to. I cherished his guidance and years of wisdom. He believed in me enough to put me in for a promotion to MSgt which I received. When I needed his help later in my career, he was there. God bless you Mike, Holly and family."
"A beautiful memorial page in tribute to a beautiful lost soul. We will forever be grateful that the Mannchen and Jodice lives crossed so many years ago. We love you all and we certainly loved Mike and enjoyed spending time together. May God bless you all as you grieve the loss and celebrate his life......with love and prayers. Judy and Ralph"
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