Dr. Dan Manion of Overland Park, physician, Vietnam veteran, loving son, big brother, and uncle, and caring friend, died June 10, 2018 due to complications of an injury he recently suffered. Dan was born in Norfolk, Nebraska March 22, 1946, the only child of his mother, Jodine's first marriage. Jodine remarried James "Jim" Kelley whom Dan thereafter considered to be his father. Four beautiful sisters came along and Dan was warmly devoted to and fiercely protective of each one. After graduating from (high school and college), Dan served in the US Army including a tour of duty stationed in Danang, Republic of Vietnam. After receiving his honorable discharge and several military awards. Dan completed his degree in Medicine from University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City on May 19, 1975. Dan went on to serve as an emergency room physician at hospitals and clinics in the Kansas City area for many years prior to retirement. Dan was an avid photographer and traveler and a skilled scuba diver. In 1994, he set the world record for a deep ocean dive breathing compressed air, descending to 155 meters (509 feet) near Nassau, Bahamas, a record that stood until 1999. Although Dan was a careful diver who consulted with leading experts to plan his record dive, he later suffered severe decompression sickness ascending from a dive and underwent extended hospital care and rehabilitation. Dan recovered significantly but experienced residual spinal cord injury that limited his physical activity. However, he returned to work in the ER successfully through his retirement. Dan also took joy each Spring in assisting many older people in the community with income tax preparation, free of charge.
Dan was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his four sisters and their spouses, Mary Lou Kelley (Owen Scott), Jane Kelley, Patty Ken (Jim), and Kayte Soldner (Woody), nephews, Jack and Kevin Ken, nieces Virginia, Lauren and Maureen Scott, Samantha and Alexandra Soldner, and Catherine Ken. His devoted friend of many years, Sue Funk, was with Dan throughout his hospitalization and subsequent treatment after his recent accident.
Dan was a man of sterling moral character, of great courage and generosity, and of deep compassion. He sought and achieved excellence in every area of his endeavors, setting an example of true caritas and making a difference for many others in many ways. Those of us who had the privilege to know Dan will cherish his memory and hold him in our hearts always.