FREDERICKTOWN — Dennis S. McManis, 80, of Fredericktown, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born in Mount Vernon Nov. 2, 1937, to the late John E. McManis and Erma Shaffer. Dennis always knew how to make people laugh with his humor and as an Eagle Scout he attended the National Jamboree in California.
His interest in horticulture led him to help and work at the former Cochran’s Green House in Fredericktown, but his love of music eventually had him taking classes at Ashland College and teaching music and band at Johnsville High School and Carey High School. Dennis finished his degree at Findlay College where he met his future wife, Linda Duncan. They were married two weeks after graduation in 1966.
The couple relocated to Michigan where Dennis taught speech and drama at Hillsdale High School while Linda taught at the local elementary schools. A few years later their love for New England led them to move to Massachusetts where Dennis continued to teach speech and English. Upon the graduation of their son from high school, Dennis decided to retire from teaching after 34 years. The family then relocated to South Carolina in 1997 to be closer to other family members.
While living in South Carolina, Dennis volunteered at the Clemson Botanical Gardens helping with tours of the house and occasionally he portrayed a historical figure for tours. He and his wife were also active in the local Methodist church and often served as a representative for church conferences.
In 2013, Dennis returned to his roots in Fredericktown and resided with his younger brother Charles until suffering multiple debilitating strokes in 2017. He loved driving through the countryside to places he knew growing up and renewing ties with other family members and friends from Ohio. Dennis also enjoyed joining Charles in attending concerts of the Cleveland Orchestra.
He is survived by his wife, Linda (Duncan) McManis; a son, Duncan (Carmen) McManis of Easley, South Carolina; brothers, Eugene (Marjorie) McManis of Easley, South Carolina, Charles McManis of Fredericktown; nephews, Michael (Kathy) McManis, Douglas McManis, Larry (Sharon) McManis and Scott (Tammy) McManis all of South Carolina.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by aunts, Mary Hall, Bessie McClellan, Laverne Lore, Claudia Reed; cousins, Evadean Turner, Neal Reed and David Turner and beloved in-laws, Ray and Helen Duncan.
The family will observe a private service at a later date. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Dennis S. McManis.
The family would like to thank the staff at Country Court Nursing Home and Knox Community Hospital for the loving care shown to Dennis.
Memorial contributions in Dennis’ name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.