Obituaries - November 14, 2019

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Robert A. McManus


Robert (Bob) McManus passed away peacefully on October 26, surrounded by his family. He was 95.

He was born November 3, 1923 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Phillip and Margaret (Dullea) McManus. He attended high school in Dilworth, Minnesota and shortly after graduation enlisted in the Navy. He served as an aviation radioman third class from 1942 to 1946. After his tour of duty he returned to his hometown and enrolled in college at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Elayne. They were married July 21, 1948 and started their family together.

He worked part time while attending college and supporting his growing family. He was hired by Boeing right out of college and started his 35-year career with them as an aerospace engineer in Seattle. After retirement, He spent his time traveling, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was a member of St. Philomena parish in Des Moines and was active in the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and a volunteer at the Des Moines Food Bank.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Margaret; brothers, Bill, John and Eugene; and sisters, Catherine and Mary. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Elayne; sons, Michael, Thomas, Kelly, Timothy and Casey; daughters, Julie and Marianne; fourteen grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way on November 8th. He was interned at Tahoma National Cemetery.




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