Phillip D. McManus, 82, passed away peacefully at home on January 31, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas F. McManus and Ruth McManus Metz. After his father’s premature death Phil and his mother frequently spent time on the farms of family in Great Bend, KS. He graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1957. One of Phil’s major accomplishments was graduating from Kansas State University after 9 years of fun filled studies. Phil spent the majority of his career in sporting goods sales. He thoroughly enjoyed an adventure and spent many years canoeing rivers across the country. Sharing his stories with occasional embellishment was one of Phil’s favorite past times. And, his prolific story telling led to his election as the first mayor of Westport. Phil left remarkable impressions on his many friends. On October 1, 1983 he married Janet Latz and was immediately embraced by her loving family. A celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Kelly’s Westport Inn.
Adventure was his middle name. He will be sorely missed by many.
He was loved. He continues to be.
So sorry to learn of Phil’s death. I so enjoyed his humor and friendliness. Please know I am holding i you in my prayers.
The mayor will be so missed. Kelly’s the perfect place to remember him. Unfortunately our weather won’t allow for us to be there but we will have a few drinks then in rembrance. Love, the Woodfords
So sad – We did not realize Phil was that sick. Janet we are here for you.
Butch & Charlene
So sorry for your loss, Janet. Many thanks for taking good care of Phil and sharing your occasional photos and updates of him. Many years ago, I had a friend who had a poster of Phil when he was elected mayor of Westport. With his Derby hat and cane and all decked out! Quite the photo. He was a unique man and will be missed. “May the road rise up to meet you, Phil”
Rex and I send our loving thoughts to Janet in the loss of cousin, Phil, her husband. . We got to know him at Aunt Ruth’s house (his Mom), and appreciated his special care he gave his Mom as she got older (and Janet, too). He will be missed. It is fitting the goodbye’s will be said at Kelly’s. May God bless and hold you in the palm of his hand, Janet. Love, Janet & Rex Archer