William C. Manthey

August 05, 1925 ‒ September 11, 2008

Geneva, Ohio

Dr. William C. Manthey, 83, of Galion, died Thursday, Sept 11, 2008 at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.

Born Aug. 5, 1925 in Geneva, he was the son of the late Edwin L. Manthey and Mary Gledhill Manthey. He married Wilda “Billie” Weiblen Manthey in Erie, Penn. on Aug 25, 1948 and she survives.

Affectionately known as “Doc Manthey” to his many friends, he graduated from Geneva High School in 1943 and served with the U. S. Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II with the 94th Infantry Division, receiving the Purple Heart, being wounded in action in France, and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars.

After the war he attended Western Reserve University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in 1950. In 1954 he received his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and served his internship at St. Luke Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Manthey moved to Galion in 1955 and opened his family medical practice at 216 Harding Way West, later moving to two different offices on Bucyrus Road, serving the Galion community for 45 years. During his career he delivered over 2, 500 babies and will be fondly remembered by his many patients. He served as Galion City Health Commissioner for 39 years and as Chief of Staff at Galion Community Hospital. He enjoyed being the Team Physician for the Galion High School Football Team for many years.

Doc Manthey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Galion where he has served as an Elder and a Deacon. Known as having a friendly demeanor, Dr. Manthey was a good conversationalist, loved to visit and never met a stranger. His special interests included his family, farming, collecting cars, especially Ford Mustangs and other antiques and collectables.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Mark Frendt of Westerville, Jane and Gary Riddle of Galion and Lynne Sutton and Doug Moore of Worthington; one son, Alan Manthey of Morristown, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Kelly Frendt Wagaman, Lindsay Frendt, Meredith Frendt Doellman, Elizabeth Riddle Ferguson, Kyle Riddle, Allison Riddle, Colleen Riddle, Christine Nigh Bally, Andrew Sutton, Kevin Sutton and Kelsey Sutton and five great grandchildren, Ella and Aubrey Bally, James and Josiah Wagaman and Kathryn Ferguson.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Diane Manthey and two brothers, Dr. Charles Manthey and Dr. Richard Manthey.

Friends may call from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Julie Fogle officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Full military graveside services will be held by the U.S. Army and the Galion/Crestline area veterans organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Dialysis Support Group, P. O. Box 69, Marion, OH 43301 assisting local residents offsetting expenses associated with kidney disease.