Warren A. "Mike" Monnington - February 19, 2014Warren A. “Mike” Monnington, 88, of Grand Island died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Nebr.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island, Nebr. Visitation hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church, Stuhr Museum, or the Overton Military Monument. Apfel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Warren “Mike” Monnington was born Dec. 11, 1925 in Overton, Nebr. the son of Abley and Lela E. (Warren) Monnington. He was baptized in the Overton Christian Church. He grew up in Overton graduating from Overton High School with the class of 1944. He entered the United States Navy, July 24, 1944 serving during World War II in the South Pacific, on an LSM, as a Gunners Mate 3rd Class. He received his honorable discharge, August 2, 1946. During the 1950’s he enjoyed playing summer baseball on the Jamieson Cafe’s team. In 1950, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kearney State Teachers College. While attending Kearney State, he was a member of Phi Tau Gamma Fraternity and was very involved with college athletics. He lettered four years in basketball and track and three years in football. Mr. Monnington was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Flame at Kearney State College in 1989. After he graduated from college he taught for the Aurora Public Schools for two years and worked at the Grand Island Sports Shop.
He was united in marriage to Wilma “Billie” Anderson on Aug. 14, 1955 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island. The couple made their home in Grand Island their entire married life.
He was employed by the Grand Island Public School System for 30 years, as a physical education and math teacher at Barr Junior High School. He taught from 1955 until his retirement in 1985.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, VFW, American Legion Club, Retired Teachers Association, Elks, and Liederkranz.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and farming.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Billie, two daughters and sons-in-law, Kellie and Larry Hemingway of Kingwood, Texas, Shawn and Tim Jacobs of Grand Island; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Hemingway, Drew Hemingway, Sara Hemingway, Lindsay (Nick) Purcell all of Houston, Texas and Luke Jacobs of Grand Island, Nebr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abley and Lela E. (Warren) Monnington.
Online condolences may be directed to the family atwww.apfelfuneralhome.com