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Gilbert Otto Mann

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Gilbert Otto Mann, 87, of Alamogordo, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, in Alamogordo.
He was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Chicago to Earl and Elsie (Hall) Mann. He was baptized into the Christian faith Jan. 15, 1922, at Evangelical Lutheran Christus-Gemeinde Church in Chicago.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European theater and achieving the rank of technical sergeant. After being discharged in 1948, he married Hazel Hawkins on Nov. 27 in Marengo, Iowa. He worked as a grinder at Wilson Sporting Goods in Chicago for 35 years. Gil and Hazel retired to Chappell, Neb., and lived there until moving to Alamogordo in March 2008.
He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Chicago, then Grace Lutheran Church in Chappell and finally Our Savior Lutheran Church in Alamogordo. Gil was an ardent fan of the Cubs all his life. He looked forward to the birth of his first great-grandson in March.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Elsie Mann, his twin brother Logan Mann, and his brother Willard Mann.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Mann, of Alamogordo; a daughter, Barbara Freeman, and her husband, Bruce, of Alamogordo; grandsons Aaron Freeman and his wife, Michelle, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Matthew Freeman and his wife, Jill, of Omaha, Neb.; and granddaughter Kara Freeman and her friend Timothy McElheny, of Alamogordo.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Our Savior Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeff St. Clair officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1212 Washington Ave. in Alamogordo.
The Mann family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 27 to Feb. 11, 2009
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