McManus, Jack P.
Jack P. McManus, of Friendship, entered eternal life on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the age of 86 after a valiant battle with cancer. He will always be known as a dedicated father, grandfather, fisherman, Little League Coach, and friend.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father James P. McNamee will officiate. Interment will be at St. Leo's Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Jack was born in Milwaukee on October 7, 1927, to John F. and Erna (Kelly) McManus. He attended Riverside High School in Milwaukee, served in the United States Army and trained as a mechanic.
Jack married Margie Anderson on March 11, 1950, and moved to Friendship in June of 1951. Their marriage was blessed with six children, Jane, Karen, Linda, Pat, Mike, and Jim. Jack lost Margie to cancer on January 2nd, 1983. Jack later met Myrtle Gurecki who remained his constant companion until his death.
Jack worked for his father-in-law, Earl Anderson, at Anderson's Garage & Machine Shop, drove a milk truck, and worked as a mechanic for the county highway department before going to work at AF Motors. Jack spent 25 years there, first as the parts and service manager, then working as the parts manager until his retirement in 1992.
Jack was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Pat Nystrom and Jean Kaye, brothers-in-law, Jack Nystrom, Erwin Kaye, Harold and Russell Anderson, and Paul Mangum, sisters-in-law, Betty Jameson and Evelyn Mangum, as well as niece Jacqueline Nystrom.
Jack is survived by special friend, Myrtle Gurecki of Adams; Jane (Thomas) Bader of Grand Marsh; Karen Mickelson of Abilene, Texas; Linda McManus of Friendship; Patrick (Sue) McManus of Fond du Lac;
Michael (Karen) McManus of Wisconsin Rapids; James (Shelly) McManus of Friendship; grandchildren, Stephan, Earl, William and Anthony Fenner, Paula Preteroti, Debra Wilkins, Marc and Linda Gallardo, Janet Kotlowski, Thomas McManus, Samantha Forsman and Corey McManus.
He is also survived by twenty-four great-grandchildren, the Gurecki family, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Dec. 31, 2013