Ray D. Manis, 80, of Franklin, formerly of Chesterton, passed away Friday
March 6, 2009 at Franklin United Methodist Community, Franklin, Ind.
He was born June 24, 1928 in Argos, the son of Ray C. and Dorothy (Shaw)
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Hudkins Manis, of Franklin; two sons,
Patrick (Dawn) Manis, of Franklin, and Michael (Terry) Manis of Newland,
N.C.; a daughter, Kathleen (Joe) Erickson, of Franklin; eight grandchildren,
Kim (Wally) Hayes, Beverly Manis, Bo (Rhiannon) Manis, Jake Manis, Jeremy
Manis, Paige and Allison Erickson, two great-granddaughters, Annabelle Hayes
and Ellie Hayes.
Ray was a graduate of Culver High School and McNeese State College, having
attended Valparaiso University, Ball State and Purdue graduate school, later
in life. He coached basketball and taught math for 30 years. He was an
Athletic Director for another 16 years. He was Chesterton High School Boys
Basketball Coach from 1971-1976. He was honored as Coach of the year in the
Northern Conference (Rensselaer), Central Indiana Conference (Elwood),
Hoosier Hills Conference (Bedford) and Duneland Conference (Chesterton). He
was twice named Athletic Director of the year in District V in 1987 and
Ray was a 68 year member of the United Methodist Church where he served as a
Sunday School teacher, Administrative Board, Trustee and usher. He enjoyed
playing golf, restoring antiques and was an avid sports fan, especially of
the Chicago Cubs.
Funeral services were at noon today in the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox.
Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery, Knox.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Grace United
Methodist Church, Franklin. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. until time of
Memorials may be given to Franklin United Methodist Community or the Grace
United Methodist Church in Franklin.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jessen Funeral Home, Franklin