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Michael J. McManus

April 11, 1978 ~ September 30, 2019 (age 41)

Michael James McManus was born April 11, 1978 to Steve and Becky McManus. He grew up in Taylor Ridge.  His sweet smile, Gigantic heart, and his Big thinking mind had him in and out of every kind of imaginable adventure right from the start. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and number of people who like his family have been touched by that vibrant spirit.   He lived big and died tragically September 30th, leaving behind many broken hearts. 

Mike did not always choose to follow traditional rules and  his family has chosen to honor him in just that fashion.  We will hold a casual celebration of his life Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Reynolds American Legion, 501 North Main Street, Reynolds, IL. from 3 pm to 7 pm.  We will offer a luncheon and together work to celebrate a life lived and now tragically lost. Mike’s ashes will be interned at a future date. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan is assisting the family.

 Cars and trucks were Mike’s passion and he would love to be the reason everyone brought them and got together this day.  At 5 pm, we will have a short service honoring his life and at that service we ask you to bring/share a memory.  Help all of us to honor and remember all that is “Mike.”   

Mike leaves behind his Parents Steve McManus of Taylor Ridge, and Becky McManus of Port Byron two brothers, Chris (Karen) of Edgington and Joe (Lauren) of Taylor Ridge.  His precious nephew, Gavin and niece, Kensington and a little guy due this month….His Aunts, Uncles and cousins along with his Grandmother, Marge Behn of Orion.  This list of people he leaves behind certainly does not stop here because each of you reading this know it is also you whether you knew him through business, family, or friend he has many lives and hearts grieving today.  Remember to tell those you love how precious they are!

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