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Dr. O. "Gayle" Manion, 93 of Superior, Wis., passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 1, 2014.

Gayle was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Orville and Eva (Sipple) Manion on May 20, 1920.

Gayle graduated from the University of Idaho-Moscow with a BS degree in English and Drama in 1942, a MA degree in English in 1948 and a PHD from the University of Michigan in Speech in 1953. He served as a Master Sergeant for the United States Army during World War II in the Southern Philippines from 1942-1946. After the war while attending the University of Idaho he met his wife Louise King and they were married on June 30, 1946.

In 1952 he moved to Superior to begin his career at the University of Wisconsin Superior. Over the years Gayle served as chairman of the communications art department, dean of fine arts, and also started the UWS continuing education and extension programs, of which he served as dean. Gayle also led the planning of the Holden Fine Arts Building which houses a theatre named in his honor. He retired as Professor Emeritus in1983.

Aside from his achievements at work he enjoyed numerous years of fun at his summer home on Lake Nebagamon. In addition he enjoyed woodworking, golfing, gardening, fishing and reading. His family remembers his theatrical approach to life, his musical ditties, his story telling and his ability to fix anything.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, the Rotary International, National Exchange Club, and was President of the Board of Directors for the Superior Community Credit Union.

He was preceded by his parents and his brother Glenn Manion and son- in- law Steven Huhta.

Gayle is survived by his wife of 68 years Louise; his daughters, Mary Manion-Bick (Steve Bick) Superior, Patty Huhta Bartholomew (Tom) Downingtown, Penn., and Bonnie Leland(Chip) Superior; grandchildren, Katie (Chris) Molitor, Ryan Bick, Carmen Mulhern (Owen), Charis Sweeney (Darren), Eric Leland (Abbey Lentner), Jonny Leland (Heather), and Hannah Leland; great-grandchildren, Meg Molitor, Logan, Keller, Finley, Addison, Campbell Mulhern, Sahara and Luke Sweeney and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Peasley and the staff of Betty's Harbor - Light House of Superior. Memorial gifts may be given to the UWS Foundation or Faith United Methodist Church.

VISITATION: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 in Downs Funeral Home, 1617 North 19th Street, Superior, and one hour prior to the 11 service on May 6, in Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Avenue, Superior.

Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, with Military rites accorded by the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post No. 435.

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