Ollie Joe Mann, 92, died on May 16, 2019, in Kerrville, Texas.
He was born May 3, 1927, to Lois McEntire Mann and Ollie Wayne Mann in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Waco High in 1944, and joined the Army Reserves. After being honorably discharged in 1947, he attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Barnett, also of Waco, and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to begin his career with Line Material, and later McGraw-Edison. Transferring to Dallas, Texas, they raised three children and shared a love for sailing on White Rock Lake, snow skiing in Colorado, and enjoyed a quiet life as best friends.
Joe’s golf swing was often compared to Arnold Palmer’s, and he could fix anything. In 1992, he retired from Cooper Industries and maintained status as a member of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Joe was preceded in death by Betty, his wife of 63 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Mann-Gilbert and husband, Tim Gilbert of Incline Village, Nevada; son, John William Mann and wife, Cheryl Scott Mann of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; and daughter, Maggie Longley and husband Joe K. Longley of Austin, Texas; his brother, Bob Mann of Austin, Texas; and dear to his heart were grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Tilden, Austin Scott Mann and Carrie Lynn Mann.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dietert Center, 451 Guadalupe St., Kerrville, TX.
A private memorial will be planned for family at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home, 830-895-5111.