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Jack D. McManus

August 30, 1927 September 15, 2021
Jack D. McManus
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Obituary for Jack D. McManus

Peoria- Jack D. McManus, 94, Lt. Colonel USMCR, of Peoria, died September 15th 2021, sitting in his car with his cigar. With the exception of his son, John McManus of Sarasota FL and three nieces, he was preceded in death by his family, all his skeet and goose hunting friends, and Marine Corps buddies.

Shortly after his birth in Monticello, IN in 1927, his family moved to the village of Topeka in Mason County, where he attended a one room schoolhouse and spent the barefoot summers of the Great Depression fishing in Quiver Creek. In his later years, he delighted taking road and fishing trips to Topeka with his son who visited regularly from Florida.

Following the untimely death of his father at the outbreak of WW2, his mother moved to Peoria to work in the defense industries. Graduating from Peoria High School in 1945, he joined the Marines. His first duty station was Peking China, where he met his future wife and mother of his son John.

At the end of his enlistment in 1949, he married Huguette Ko-Alart, an undertaking that required the personal intervention of Illinois Senator Paul Douglas to introduce legislation to extend the War Brides Act. He then attended the University of Illinois on the GI Bill, and at the outbreak of the Korean War and the birth of his son he was recalled to active duty.

Arriving in Korea, he was selected for a special accelerated commissioning program and returned to the States. Released from active duty in 1953, he returned to the University of Illinois where he maintained his Marine reserve status as the company commander of the local Marine Reserve unit.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude in Political Science, he joined Caterpillar and began a long career with Cat’s international sales operations. In 1959 he took his family to Paris for three years, where he became a wine expert and fluent French speaker. This was followed by stints in South Africa, Angola, Switzerland, and China, for a total of over 20 years of international duty.

With the death of his beloved wife in 2001, he moved to Park Edge Condominiums, preferring to remain in Peoria with his friends, living independently and travelling to France on a regular basis to go hunting and dining in gourmet restaurants with a dear French friend from his Caterpillar days.

He was a well-known daily visitor to Donovan Park, where he fed corn to the ducks and geese in the summer and to the birds and squirrels the rest of the year.

Jack loved America. In lieu of flowers, a donation in his name to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation would be appropriate.

Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Friday October 1, 2021 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary with a Funeral Service at 10 AM. Pastor Stephen Barch will officiate.

Burial with full military honors will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at 2 PM. Group transportation to the burial will be arranged with prior notice.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or leave their private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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Visitation

Friday

1

Oct

9:00 AM 10/1/2021 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 10/1/2021 10:00:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Friday

1

Oct

10:00 AM 10/1/2021 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10/1/2021 10:30:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Graveside

Friday

1

Oct

2:00 PM 10/1/2021 2:00:00 PM
Camp Butler National Cemetery

5063 Camp Butler Rd
Springfield , IL 62707

Camp Butler National Cemetery
5063 Camp Butler Rd Springfield 62707 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Camp Butler National Cemetery Final Resting Place

5063 Camp Butler Rd
Springfield , IL 62707

5063 Camp Butler Rd Springfield 62707 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Tunnel to Towers Foundation

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