Edward F. McManness, age 80, of Tyler went to his glory on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the The Hospice of East Texas after a long illness. His beloved wife of 49 years, Elaine (Langston) McManness, was by his side, as was his oldest daughter, Rachael Schreiber, of San Jose, Calif. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sons and three more daughters, Matthew McManness and wife Karen, of Philadelphia, Pa., Edward McManness II and wife Joan, of Lancaster, Pa., Leslie M. Richards and husband Roy, of Port Orange, Fla., Lynn McManness-Harlan and husband Bruce, of Pennsylvania, and Lisa McManness, of Charlotte, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mr. McManness was born in Hamilton, Mo., on March 14, 1933, to Charles F. McManness and Florence E. (Misner) McManness. They preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by his first wife of nine years, Jeanette (Korkmas) McManness, of Tyler, mother of his four oldest children.
A veteran of the Korean War
, he served with the 1094th U.S. Air Force
, Manzano Base, N.M., from 1950 to 1954. He received an honorable discharge and the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a graduate of the former East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) in 1966 and Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., where he received his MBA in the early 1990s. He was employed by Gettysburg College in 1970 as the director of the College Union, where he remained until retirement in 1988. He held several part-time jobs in the Gettysburg/Fairfield, Pa., area following his retirement before the couple returned to Tyler in 2006. He worked part time for Tyler Junior College four years before his health began to decline.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lloyd James Funeral Home. Services will be at Colonial Hills Baptist Church on South Broadway in Tyler on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. There will be no family visitation or viewing.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to any of the following organizations: The Hospice of East Texas Foundation; Children's Diabetes Foundation;
, Colonial Hills Baptist Church Benevolence Fund; or Adams County Rescue Mission, Gettysburg, Pa.
Burial will be at a later date in the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa.