Connie - Continued prayers to you and your family.
MICHAEL JOSEPH MANN
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Michael 'Joe' Mann, 56, was suddenly called to his heavenly home on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Calvary Church. Reverend Dan Schoepf will officiate. Burial will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 3 until 7 p.m. at Calvary Church. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Calvary Church or Melon City Bike Club. Online Condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Joe was born on July 4, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Michael Mann and Ann Moots Shaffer. He married Connie Miller on June 21, 1986 in Washington.
He worked at Raymond Corp for over 35 years as a TPS Project Manager. He was a member at Calvary Church, and the Melon City Bike Club, he has been an avid cyclist for many years and considered himself a member of the RAAM family.
Joe was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his family and very proud of his granddaughter. Joe enjoyed buying and selling his treasure finds on eBay. He enjoyed traveling and was looking forward to his retirement on April 1, 2020.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Connie Mann of Muscatine; his children, Chris Mann and his wife, Rachel, of Boone and Caleb Mann and his wife, Allison, of Muscatine; his granddaughter Claireen Mann of Boone; parents, Michael Mann of California and Ann Shaffer of Muscatine; Siblings, Greg Mann of Oklahoma, Julie Mann of Muscatine, Suzanne Mann of Lompoc, California, and Cindy Mann of Muscatine; and his paternal grandmother Dolores Mann of Northbrook.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bud and Inez Moots; and his paternal grandfather Wally Mann.
Connie---even though it`s been many years since I`ve seen you, you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find strength, love and support always. Blessings.......Amy Horesowsky and family
Simple words fail in the times of greatest need. Yet, may my heartfelt offering of condolences convey some comfort as you search yourselves for answers. I knew Joe for many years and I can truly say that he was one of the kindest people that I have known. Bless you all and God's comfort come. R.G. Ramsay ( formerly of Raymond Corp.)
Connie, so sorry to hear of Joe's accident and passing. I pray God will comfort you, and give you peace and many good memories. Marti
Joe and Connie in Luckenbach, TX
Connie & family, I am so very sorry for the pain and anguish you are feeling. My heart goes out to you all. May God give you comfort as you deal with this awful loss.
Connie: So sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family during this time.. Joe will be missed terribly, such a wonderful guy. Melinda Thompson
Our deepest sympathy to the Mann Family, we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Mike and Robin Cecil
Connie (and family) I am so very sorry for your loss. As you know I had the honour of spending 3 weeks with Joe at RAAM 2014 crewing for Tim Richardson and Team Brazen. It truely was a pleasure to have met Joe, a time and an experience in my life I will never forget. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Joe you will be missed, Rest in Peace.
Connie, I will alway remember you and Joe’s kindness and generosity. It’s so sad when we lose friends unexpectedly. Pray that God’s love will strengthen you in the days ahead. Landon Beachy
Connie, my thoughts are with you and your family. May you find peace.
Connie and family, So very sorry for your loss. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jo and John Miller
Connie, my heart is breaking for you and the boys and thier families. I still cannot believe the person I call one of my best friends and a life long friend is gone. I smile t ok know he is in a better place telling God that if your talking tour not riding hard enough or he is pulling one of his famous maneuvers on him. Please call me for any thing I am here for you like you and joe have always been there for me. Joe was the glue that held all of us together in the cycling group. He was someone I looked up to and admired and can honestly say there is not a day that goes by where something comes up that reminds me of something we did. I will miss him, his smile and laugh, the way he folded his maps and his crunching the numbers. You both are a gift from god that I have been blessed to be able to spend time with. I am one of the lucky ones to have had the chance to know joe. He was rare and a special person in our lives. Thank you for inviting me in. God will enjoy his company and stories.
Suzanne I saw his name and immediately thought of you. I am so sorry, this is so sad. You and your family are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Pippi Shannon (Formerly Libby Musser)
Sunday at our small group we talked about how things don't often happen just by chance but how God moves us and directs us. He so completely orchestrates our lives. We talked about how we don't always understand, but if we're looking for it we can see his hand in it. I like many, saw Joe warmly greeting people on Sunday, I joked with him as I came in that morning. That was kind of usual, what wasn't typical is that I ran into Joe Monday night at Walmart. I never see him outside of church. I know this wasn't by chance. We took a moment to joke and laugh together again, but we talked about you,Caleb being up front. Joe was so happy and proud, He was beaming about it. I don't think it was chance at all that God wanted me to remind you how proud he was. I'm sure there were other points and joys in his life, but that's my small part, to remind you he loved you and was proud.
My deepest sympathy to Connie, family and Joe's mother Ann with whom I used to work. You all are in my thoughts and prayers! ~ Carol Hetzler and Family
Joe and his beautiful wife Connie crewed for Team iRONman for RAAM 2019 and Joe was co crew chief with me. I couldn’t have done it without them and Joe was fundamental to making sure I took a break from driving and retained some sanity along the way, even when he had already driven most of the day in the follow vehicle. He kept Ron safe for me and it saddens me that the biggest fear I had on RAAM has ended up happening to Joe. He had the biggest heart, most generous spirit and a real energy. I remember his first email after he joined our team was that he apologised in advance that he would get super excited and might annoy me with all his excitement. That could never happen, his happiness and positive outlook on life and the love he shared with Connie was infectious. Joe, you are and will always be an inspiration to us. I wish we could all be back in the states to be by Connies side. We have her in our daily thoughts. My heart goes out to Connie and her family and friends, the USA crew and our KIWI crew who are all devastated by this loss, and the RAAM and broader cycling community. A massive loss. Love from Kristine and Ron and Team iRONman. RIP Joe. I’m going to miss you. Thanks for making Rons dream come true.
Team iRONman RAAM 2019
The entire Evans family, along with the community, grieves the loss of such a fine, caring, active and fit young person. We have already been praying that the love of God and many others will comfort and sustain you through this terrible time.
Clyde and Ruth Evans
I'm at a loss for words...just know that you are in my tho'ts and prayers during this time.
I both crewed with Joe and he crewed for me in two RAAMS with his sons Chris and wonderful wife Connie. What a wonderful family and a great human being. Joe put his heart and soul into everything that he knew was a worthwhile cause, and I will be forever grateful for his support across the lonely roads of Kansas in particular. You will be sadly missed as you have gone far too soon. RIP Joe.
My heartfelt condolences to Connie and your family for this sudden loss of your husband and father. Words can’t say how sorry I am for your loss.
I am sure his cycling friends can relate to this perspective, as so many were able to enjoy countless hours of side by side saddle time from this very perspective. Joe was a gifted conversationalist, which made the longer distance rides much more tolerable. He would never leave anyone behind.
Countless hours of saddle time his cycling friends spent riding right along side of Joe... I am sure many people can relate to this perspective and his gift for gab.
Connie like so many people who love you and Joe we are at a total loss for what to say. I can only share with you Connie that I'm holding you and your family and your friends in my heart. Sending you all my love.
Together with Joe and others, I was a member of Sarah Cooper’s RAM team, which gave me the opportunity to meet and live with Joe for a week. Since then, I’ve followed his long-distance bike races and family posts his Ironman-wife, Connie, puts on Facebook. For me, Joe is the kind of person one is drawn to: he has a magnanimity of spirit that inspires the best in all of us; always considerate of others feelings—even under pressure of crewing a multi-state, multi-day race when everyone’s nerves can get a bit frazzled; his tenacity and persistence as an athlete motivates his friends to do their best. I know he was active in his church, and a true servant to his God and His creations. Although I only knew him briefly, I will forever cherish the memories I have of him and Connie.
Our thoughts are with the family. We are very sorry for your loss. David and Lisa Cunningham
I always looked up to you... You were a true savage of an athlete, and always untouchable on Strava. I will always think of you every time I need to push myself a little more when I think I cannot go any further. You will sincerely be missed.
Sending love from your RAAM team and UMFL ohana - - Joe was the best, and left a lasting impression on every person he met. He will be missed beyond belief. Sending strength and love to Connie and the whole family...
I have had the good fortune and pleasure of knowing and working with Joe for many years. He was always smiling regardless of the circumstances we faced. My heartfelt sympathy and condolences are extended to his family at this most difficult time. Joe was a walking testimony regarding his faith, and his love for his family.
Felix and Maria Vazquez
I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.
Connie and all of Joe’s loved ones, I’m holding you all in my heart and prayers. I’m so sorry.
Our prayers for your family. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man! ~Lori and Bruce DeKeyrel
Connie and family so very sorry to hear for Joe's death. What a great guy. Wish we were there to hug you. Our prayers are with you.
I worked with Joe for many years. He was such a good guy. Always smiling. Always willing to help. I'm terribly saddened by this sudden tragedy. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Connie and his entire family. He will be sorely missed.
--- Angela Kemper
Words fail at a time like this. Joe was truly one of the most wonderful guys I have ever known. Incredible loss - only surpassed by his legacy. May God comfort all of us through our heartbreak. Our sympathy and love to Connie, kids, and all of Joe's family. Blaine & Sara Carroll
Connie and family: We are all sorry for your loss. We will remember Joe with his infectious big smile and all-around positive attitude. Such a wonderful guy will leave a wealth of great memories to keep him always near. Mel Steckel and your friends at the Y.
Connie and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences! Joe’s loss is shared by the community and especially those who are avid cyclists. Praying God gives you peace and comfort.
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