Dan Neal McManigal Jr., 41, Louisburg, died April 1, 2014.
Dan was born June 26, 1972, in Fort Rucker, Ala., the son of Dan McManigal Sr. and Theresa Marcotte Spore. He attended Thomas More Prep High School in Hays, Kan., from which he graduated in 1990. He attended Kansas University for one year.
After experiencing a life-altering car accident, Dan realized his call to serve in the medical profession. He transferred to Johnson County Community College and graduated in 1993 as a paramedic.
He worked for Johnson County Med-Act as a paramedic for 20 years, achieving the rank of captain. He was a CPR and ALS instructor for the department and participated on the tactical team and EMS bike team. During his tenure, he received many awards and achievements including the “Distinguished Service Award” and the “People Saving People” award from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
He loved to hunt and was a fabulous cook. His specialty was cooking for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day party. He loved working as a paramedic at the NASCAR races and stand-by at local football games. He was a superb instructor, teacher and mentor to countless young EMTs and paramedics.
On Oct. 17, 2000, in Las Vegas, Dan married Jolene Hartgrave of Ankeny, Iowa. Dan and Jolene had two children: Ashlyn, born June 18, 2002, and Colin, born Aug. 16, 2004. The McManigals settled in Louisburg in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan McManigal Sr. and Theresa Marcotte Spore; and his grandparents, Francis and Dorothy Marcotte and Delores Goon.
Survivors include his wife, Jolene McManigal, and children, Ashlyn and Colin, all of Louisburg; his sister, Debora May (Jason) and their children Hayden, Grant and Grace, all of Pratt, Kan.; his grandfather, Neal McManigal (Pat) of Waldport, Ore.; his brother-in-law, Scott Hartgrave (Debbie) and their children Annika and Lillian, all of Louisburg; his sister-in-law, Jennie Woolman (Caleb) and their children Cody and Alaina, all of Suisun City, Calif.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
Dan will be sorely missed and continues to be loved by all who knew and worked with him.
Funeral was Monday followed by burial in the Louisburg Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Penwell-Gabel Louisburg Chapel, 120 S. Broadway St., Louisburg, KS 66053, (913) 837-4310. To leave condolences for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelLouisburg.com.
- In lieu of flowers, a college fund has been set up to assist Ashlyn and Colin. Donations may be made to the Dan McManigal Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 212 S. Broadway St., Louisburg, KS 66053.