MANNING KEENAN CHURCHILL went to be with Jesus on Saturday, September 17th, 2022. He passed away at home in the loving arms of his family. Manning, who was first known as “twin B”, was born on August 17th, 2017, with his brother, Maverick “twin A”. The boys were born 14 weeks early weighing just two pounds each. Sadly, Maverick only lived for five days before being called home. Manning faced many trials and tribulations on his short time on earth and he took great pride in defying the odds placed in front of him. Unfortunately, in March of 2020 things became increasingly difficult for Manning.
Despite that massive setback, Manning was a fun loving, happy little boy. If you knew him you certainly knew about his love for lights, especially disco, and music. Shania Twain was currently his favorite. When Shania sang his smile would light up the room. He loved playing with his adapted toys, going outside, swinging, and ceiling fans - especially the one at grandma and grandpa Van Ginkel’s house.
Manning adored his siblings and was highly doted on. He loved watching MaKaylee and Madisyn dance for him. He loved when Mason would play new music for him and he loved when Madden would play peek-a-boo or tickle him. His bonus sister, Nicole, loved showing him many of his light up toys-although we aren’t sure who enjoyed them more. Those children knew how to love him fully because they have also known great loss.
Manning went to school at Lifescape Speciality School where he had numerous friends and “favorites”. His teacher, Ari, understood him more than most and always saw his mind at work. She was so proud of all of his accomplishments and never hesitated to let his mom know just how amazing he was. His nurse, Christi, was one of those girls he didn’t want to share with his friends. He got good at getting her attention and she happily obliged. Manning shared a special bond with many at his school.
Manning had numerous special friends that his family would like to recognize. One of his home nurses, Shannon Madtson, had a very special bond with Manning. She never feared doing things with him and just recently took him for a weekend to spend time at the pool and play with new friends. Amber Scott has also been a near and dear friend to Manning and his mom. While she initially started as one of his caregivers, she quickly became a vital piece to our puzzle. Manning would not have lived the life he did had it not been for some of those incredibly special caregivers. Please know his family recognizes the significant amount of people that played a role in Manning’s upbringing and successes. His family wishes they could list each and every one of you.
Manning is survived by his mother, Melissa Churchill; father, Jeremy Churchill; siblings, Mason, MaKaylee, Madisyn and Madden; grandma, Dawn Lautwein; great-grandma, Janet Hauck-Keenan; aunts, Amanda (Phillip) Tilberg, Sara (Chiouk) Lautwein; numerous cousins, Christian, Charles, Olivia, Ethan, Alexys, Ella, Christina and Zoey. He is survived by the Churchill family: grandparents, William and Valarie Churchill; aunts, Jennifer and Joy Churchill; uncle, Josh (Tara) Churchill; and cousins, Coralin, Bennett, William, Arianna, Brielle, Taven and Jakoby. Manning was fortunate to be joining into another family and is survived by one of his best friends and second dad, Christopher Van Ginkel; sisters, Haley (Dylan) Rozeboom, Erica (Carson) Zandstra and Nicole Van Ginkel; grandparents, Cheryl and Warren Vanginkel; aunt, Kari (Doug) Van Es; uncles, Kelly (Becky) Van Ginkel and Cody Van Ginkel; cousins, Lindsey, Jazzlyn, Dalton and Taylar. There are numerous other family members who played an important part of his life and we wish we could list them all. Manning was preceded in death by his twin brother, Maverick; two brothers, Maddox and Malcom; and a sibling who didn’t make it earth side; grandpa, Alan Lautwein, great-grandpa, Dennis Keenan; great-grandma, Oma; and other cousins who were lost during pregnancy.