Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 16th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with Rev. Magrey deVega officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday ,with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be military rites at the graveside by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W.. On line condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Harry McManus was born February 28, 1920 in Lame Deer, Montana, to Walter & Alice (Raney) McManus.
He graduated from Cherokee Wilson High School in 1939, and was the high school wrestling champ in 1939. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War in the U. S. Navy. He was a Master Chief Aviation Machinist Mate, a rank appointed by Congress. Harry was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Houston CV30, and spent close to four years in a Japanese Prison Camp. Harold was one of three sailors imprisoned with the "Lost Battalion." While in the Japanese prison camp, on his birthday, the Japanese lit his birthday cake for him; referring to the bombing of the USS Houston.
Harry was married to Betty Shoemaker on September 21, 1963 in Cherokee, and she passed away on April 20, 1997. Harry worked at Perrin's Mink Ranch for one year, at Lundell Manufacturing for a short time, at Ruble's Standard Station for a number of years, and also at the Pastime Bar.
Harry was a member of L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. and the American Legion, and he enjoyed eating and serving as a pallbearer for many veterans, and also presenting the U.S. Flag to many veterans' families at the cemetery. Harry was a good practical joker and enjoyed telling jokes. He was a caller for the Cherokee V.F.W. Bingo and enjoyed playing the game but was once asked not to come back to Remsen because he "yelled too loud and scared the old ladies."
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sisters Gladys Witte, Ethel Morris, Gertrude Howard, and Dora Dean Kahl; and his brothers, Roy McManus and O.C. McManus who was also a P.O.W. with Harold during World War II.,
He is survived by one son, Walter McManus and his wife Mary of DeRidder, Louisiana;t wo granddaughters; five great -grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Boulay of Harbor City, California; and several nieces and nephews.
Harry always liked Cherokee and would not move anywhere else. He always said , "Cherokee always took good care of me."