Wendell A. McMannis, 79, of Kokomo, formerly of Tipton, died at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo. He was born on May 9, 1935, in Elizaville to Sullivan and Mildred (Crouch) McMannis. Wendell married Faye Short on Aug. 2, 1963, and she survives.
Wendell worked for Chrysler for 30 years, retiring in December of 1994. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Tipton, the American Legion, Tipton Moose Lodge and the VFW. Wendell enjoyed reading, bowling, golfing, fishing, playing shuffle board, working in the yard, repairing and tinkering and spending time with his family. He was a big fan of Indiana University and enjoyed all sports.
Wendell served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Electrician from December 1956 to October 1961. He was a friend to everyone and never met a stranger. Wendell was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
He is survived by his wife, Faye; children, Eva Madden, Waterloo, Illinois, Randy McMannis, Tipton, Windy Yankey, Redbud, Illinois, David McMannis, Kokomo, and Linda McMannis, Upland; brother, Jerry Gatlin (Donna), North Carolina; sister, Marlene Johnston (Jim), Kokomo; 17 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sister, Patricia Prifogel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Young-Nichols Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Ward presiding. Burial with military rites will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and prior to the service Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Memorial donations can be made to the Parkinson Research Foundation, 710 E. 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032. Wendell’s family would like to thank the doctors and staff members of St. Joseph Hospital for the excellent care he received.