William McManus ‘Bill the Hugger’

May 13, 1922 – June 13, 2014

William McManus, born May 13, 1922, entered the fullness of eternal life June 13, 2014. He was a resident of West Allis, Shorewood and formerly Waukesha.

He was preceded in death by Jeannette (Greenwood) McManus, his loving bride of 53 years; his dear daughter, Denise Stern-Hamilton; and his parents, John Daley McManus and Hazel (McLean) McManus. He was the loving father of Terrence, Kathleen, Brian (Laura) McManus, Erin (Cary) Parten and Rose (Peter) McMullen; treasured, loving and fun grandpa of Cora (Jason) Runte, Kelly McManus, Elizabeth Brown (Tyler Chapman), Patrick (Lisa) Brown, Andrew and Tim Stern, and Conor and Maura McMullen; and special great-grandfather of Emma, Amelia, Jillian and Lorelei.

Bill was a WWII veteran of the China-Burma-India Theater, who served as a fireman and engineer (Tech 5 Corporal) in the 745th Railway Operating Battalion in India. He was a charter member of the China-Burma-India Veterans Association that was founded in Milwaukee in 1946, and belonged to the CBIVA Basha #1. After the last National CBI reunion, he brought the National CBIVA flag back to Milwaukee where it is mounted in a place of honor on the third floor of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center building.

Bill was a locomotive fireman and engineer for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. He worked for the Milwaukee Road from 1946 (when coal was king) to 1953. In 1953, he started working at Coverall Cleaners in West Allis as a route driver. The company was bought by Steiner Corporation, and as part of American Industrial Service Company, Bill became a route supervisor, and later the purchasing and textile control manager. He retired after 33 years of service there.

Bill was a member of the Masons for over 60 years. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6498, Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Bill was a charter member of the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin. He was also active in scouting for many years, and was a former scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 159, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waukesha.

He was a friend of Bill W. and maintained his sobriety for 42 years.

Family will receive friends at the Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, June 20. At 6:00 PM, there will be a memorial service. Following the religious service, there would be a short memorial service using the ritual of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name to the St. Ben’s Community Meal Program, 1015 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233, are appreciated.

Feerick Funeral Home of Shorewood is serving the family. For more information, call 414-962-8383.

Bill’s parting thought:

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday, and I love today.”