Born October 3, 1940 in Laurel, Nebraska
Departed June 16, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida

Dennis Michael Mannion was born in Laurel, Nebraska on October 3rd, 1940 to Paul and Antonia Mannion. He was the second oldest of 13 children. In 1958, Dennis left farm life and headed west to California via trade school in New York where he studied “ohms law” aka the relationship between current, voltage and resistance and met the love of his life, Frances Jordan, in 1961.
His career in “early” computers took him from Southern California where he worked for Univac, to Dallas, TX and ultimately to Melbourne, Florida with a year spent living in Surrey, England as President of European Operations for Documation. It was in England, with his family, that he surely learned his love of travel.
Dennis left corporate America when the family returned from England and started his first business called Mr. Fireplace in 1981. He and Fran (mostly Fran😊) ran Mr. Fireplace together for 20 years before selling it. During this time another business he started, Beta Max, took root in 1985. Dennis had an incredible desire to learn and build and he continued that trend right up until earlier this year.
Retirement didn’t bring more days on the golf course, although he enjoyed golf for many years. No, retirement for Dennis meant more hobbies than you could keep track of. The one continuous theme in each of his later endeavors was helping others.
Some days you would find him squeezing pounds of vegetables for the juice he delivered to many and other days you would find him squeezing pounds of grapes for his wine making. With a simple request from someone he knew or someone who knew of him, he could feed a hundred people. The Melbourne High School football team always ate well when “Papa” Dennis was asked to provide the pre-game meal.
His volunteer commitments included St. Vincent de Paul, The Knights of Columbus, Meals on Wheels and several others. Always a little Nebraska farm boy inside of him, he negotiated the collection of food from local businesses such as Publix and distributed it to other organizations in South Brevard to feed those in need.
Dennis’ greatest joy was his expanding family including his children Jeff Mannion (Alex), Tami Hamilton (Gray) and Denise Rowell (Tony). He has 9 grandchildren, Lauren Parvin (Daniel), Lindsay Harris (Matt), Thomas Hamilton and Kayla, Tanner, Cameron, Ava, Gavin & Tatum Rowell. The babies always got top billing in Dennis’ life and he was blessed with 7 great grandchildren before he left this earth. By his side for 60 years was his wife, Fran, who happily traveled the globe, or simply to their Georgia cabin, and will forever be grateful for all of the adventures.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an organization close to your heart in Dennis’ memory. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27th, 2023 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 3050 N. Hwy. A1A, Indialantic, FL. Visiting hours will be Monday, June 26th, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. at Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne, FL.

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Ray Mannion from Wake Forest NC wrote on June 27, 2023:
Thank you for being my Brother. Your absence has gone through me Like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color. Separation by W. S. Merwin Your body is away from me but there is a window open from my heart to yours. From this window, like the moon I keep sending news secretly. The window by Rumi
Nathan Iacobacci from Indialantic FL wrote on June 27, 2023:
I’ve yet to meet a more giving person than our beautiful friend Dennis. A true disciple of Jesus Christ, you could find him on his knees washing the feet of others…his Servanthood was one to admire… it was done abundantly and with a loving heart. He loved his family immensely his greatest joy was time spent with his 9 grandchildren each of whom shared a deep, personal bond with him. My wife Ginger and I will miss his smile, his friendship and his love for others. Our love always to Fran, the Mannion, Hamilton and Rowell families.
Rick and Mary Broderick from Melbourne, FL wrote on June 23, 2023:
Dennis changed lives, or at least impacted mine to a great extent. I just loved visiting with him and sharing some home made beer, wine and pork! Dennis we will miss your smile, laughter and just that wonderful attitude always front and center. Thanks for being a friend and a truly good man!!
Said Shabana from Firenze wrote on June 22, 2023:
Dennis , I was so lucky to meet long time ago , around 2008 for the first time . I discovered in you a great person . I'm so sorry I won't be able to meet you again and I'm sure you're in a better world now . I remember always your last visit in Florence and the dinner we had all together . We all are going to miss you !
Barbara Smith from Apopka, Florida wrote on June 22, 2023:
Fran and family: We are so sorry to hear about Dennis. We had such good times together , especially our skiing trips. Always friendly, happy and supportive. We love you. Barbara and Millard
Steve Mannion from Austin wrote on June 21, 2023:
He was my older brother! My inspiration for traveling!
Nancy Parvin from Tallahassee wrote on June 21, 2023:
Dennis had a kind and generous soul. I imagine he never met a stranger that did not become a friend. He was a blessing to many. He has now finished the race, kept the faith and has received a crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Sarah Gouttierre from Kansas City wrote on June 21, 2023:
We love you so much Uncle Den! Thanks for loving us all and bringing us so much joy. You were a such a patriarch. Taking care of everyone. So much love from the Gouttierres. Now you must take care of my mom in heaven and be our guardian angels. A big job that I know you will accept with love.
Linda Scott from Overland Park, Kansas wrote on June 21, 2023:
Uncle Den you will be dearly missed. So many fond memories with you and your family. You demonstrated leadership in the best way possible; with your passion to succeed and a big heart that always gave back. I have gratitude to you for so many reasons. Your legacy lives on with the kind and driven children, grandchildren and great grandchildren too...not to mention the many others that are grateful to have known you. God Bless you
Jimmy and Marie Corley from Waycross wrote on June 21, 2023:
We were so sorry for your loss. Love you
Kim Wetzel from Indialantic wrote on June 21, 2023:
I feel so fortunate to have had Dennis in my life. He was a man of faith, friendship and a wonderful steward. Every time I go to HNJ or SVDP I will think of him and all the good times!
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