Chester "Chet" McManus


August 22, 1931 - September 28, 2013




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.



Monday, September 30, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, October 1, 2013
2:00 PM
First United Methodist
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

entry posted by Ila Larson on 10-23-2013
His classmates at Fulton High will miss him next year at our last reunion. He was a good man
with a wonderful smile. I am sorry you have this loss. I will keep in touch.
entry posted by donnie schoepf (shep) on 10-01-2013
I recall my brother Wit and Chet were excellent basketball players as well as good friends. I remember the quickness of Chet on the floor!
entry posted by Lisa Lutterman Richardson on 10-01-2013
Carol and family.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Chet always was a kind sole with a smile on his face. A true South Dakotan and wonderful man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Beth Gannon on 10-01-2013
Carol and family: Chet will alway be in everyone thoughts because of the great person he was. Chet was always there fore who ever needed him.

entry posted by Carla Bambas on 10-01-2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Carol.
entry posted by Gail Gannon on 10-01-2013
Carol: My sympathy to you and your family. So many memories of Chet - my sister's classmate, my father's close friend, and Chet and you welcoming us at your table of food, faith, and fellowship when we have traveled back to Fulton for a visit.
entry posted by Myron Sougstad on 10-01-2013
My sympathy to the family for the loss. Chet was a great community leader.
entry posted by JoAnn and Joni Davis on 09-30-2013
Carol and Famiily,
You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Ruth and Stan Lassegard on 09-30-2013
Carol and Family, sorry to hear of Chet's' passing. Stan and Chet have been friends and classmates since 1949. You folks have stayed in that area of SD.for all of these years, we, on the other hand, moved all over the Midwest. You and your family came for visits or we would stop in to visit you. We recalled a time when we stopped for one of those visits and you had "moved" simply by having movers come in and turn your house around. Chet got a big chuckle when he shared that news with us. We will miss Chet, now the memories will comfort all. Love and prayers to you all. Stan and Ruth
entry posted by Stan Lassegard on 09-30-2013
Carol & Family, so sorry to hear about Chet. One of my best memories is when the two of you drove down to Omaha to meet my folks and see the Omaha Community Playhouse production of "Sugar Babies." What fun we had setting up Chet in the aisle seat when the Sugar Baby Girls entered from the back of the house. Mary sitting on Chet's lap, calling him by name, covering his face with red lipstick kisses was great, until Mary "discovered" the wife was sitting next to Chet. What a great laugh. Chet was such a good sport about the whole thing. "How did she know my name?" I hope you have an endless list of similar happy times. Thanks for being such great friends to my Mom & Dad over all the years. - Stan
entry posted by Charles & Mary Lou Olsen on 09-30-2013
So sorry to hear about the loss of Chet. He was a good fellow Pork Producer. Our deepest Sympathy.
entry posted by Charles & Mary Lou Olsen on 09-30-2013
So sorry to hear about the loss of Chet. He was a good fellow Pork Producer. Our deepest Sympathy.
entry posted by Bob Thaler on 09-30-2013
I am so sorry to hear of Chet's passing. He was always such a tremendous gentleman, and a leader is so many ways. He always had a quick smile and handshake, and he'll be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Bob & Karen Thaler
entry posted by Michelle (Murphy) Egan on 09-29-2013
Carol and family, We are all very sorry for your loss. Chet was a great and kind man, and he will be dearly missed. With heartfelt sympathy from The Murphy family, Joe, Michelle, Tim, Pat and Buck.
entry posted by Liz Stiefvater on 09-29-2013
Carol & Families
Extending my sympathy.
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