Chester “Chet” McManus was born August 22, 1931 near Spencer, SD to Francis (Frank) and Minnie (Boggs) McManus. He attended eleven years of school at Farmer, SD and graduated from Fulton High School in 1949. He married his high school sweetheart, Carol Lienemann on August 26, 1952 at Fulton UM Church.
Chet was proud of his service as a Veteran of the Korean War. He entered the army and completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky in April of 1952. Two months later he went to Korea with the US Eighth Army where he spent sixteen months and returned home in March of 1954. They lived in Mitchell for one year.
Chester and Carol farmed in the Fulton area on the same farm for 57 years. Chet attended Veterans Farm School for two years and drove school bus for several years.
Chet was very active in community affairs including President of Hanson County Pork Board, President of State Pork Board, six years on the National Pork Producers Council and six years on the National Pork Board, member of the American Legion for 60 years, and Dakota Counseling Board. He served on both Fulton and Hanson School boards, secretary-treasurer of Fulton Farmers Elevator for 30 years, 4-H leader, SD Quarter Horse Association board and a Hanson County Commissioner for twenty three years, and DWU Team Maker.
Chester was an active member of the Fulton and Mitchell UM Church serving as lay leader and several other church boards.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons: Scott (Darla), Fulton; Craig (Lisa), Alexandria; Phil (Holley), Parker, CO; two daughters: Lynette (Dan) Wagner, Sioux Falls and Janell (Jon) Tolly, Jordan, MN; fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four nephews, two nieces, two brothers-in-law, Larry Lienemann (Lee), CO and Ken Schonebaum, Mitchell. Chester’s family was so special to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Neva Lienemann, a brother, Patrick, and two sisters Frances Meinen and Joyce Schonebaum.