Dennis S. McManis

November 02, 1937 ‒ July 12, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dennis S. McManis, age 80, of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Knox Community Hospital.  He was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 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 as 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 thru 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’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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  • Eugene & Margie, Charles and families, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, you have our sympathy, many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Denny was a treasure for sure and I have enjoyed every moment that I have known him. As a more recent member of the family, he took me right into his life and treated me as one of his own. Before he got sick, he was my “tourologist” and showed me all around The area sights. I loved every minute of it. After he got sick, we were visiting him at the nursing home and had taken him his favorite, a chocolate milkshake, and he loved every sip of it! I will never forget you Uncle Denny, and you will live on in my heart until we meet again. I love you❤️
    Scott and Tammy McManis

  • I met Denny & Charles when I purchased the house across from them. We became instant friends. Denny would watch over the house until the purchase was finalized and would mow the grass weekly until we moved in. Denny was funny! He always made me laugh! He was always happy and he shared the history of the area and we talked about the latest news and his latest excursion with his family,we chatted, quite frequently on the porch or in the driveway, or at the mailbox. Sometimes I would run some hot cookies over. Sometimes when I would be working in the yard he would offer to buy me something to eat on one of his McDonald runs……….he was just like that! Sincere, caring , always willing to help out a neighbor or a stranger. He will certainly be missed by anyone that was fortunate enough to have rubbed shoulders with him.