|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1930|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 1968|
Los Angeles County
I GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE ASSISTANCE OF CAMI B, WHO GRACIOUSLY TOOK PICTURES OF MY FATHER'S GRAVE.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 13, 2011: MY SON, ANDREW, WHILE VISITING A FRIEND IN CALIFORNIA SEVERAL WEEKS AGO, BECAME THE FIRST MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY TO VISIT MY FATHER'S GRAVE. I TREASURE THE PICTURE MY SON SENT ME THAT DAY FROM HIS iPHONE. THANK YOU, ANDREW, FOR CARING ENOUGH TO RUN THE LOVING ERRAND. AND THANK YOU BRAD, ANDREW'S FRIEND, FOR TAKING HIM TO THE CEMETERY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU BOTH TODAY AND EVERY DAY UNTIL THAT GLADDEST OF GLAD DAYS.
My father, a retired United States Air Force pilot, died in a plane crash in Hollywood, California, on Friday, September 13, 1968. At the time of his death he was one month shy of his thirty-eighth birthday.
He was the only child of Onie McManus and Doris Freeman McManus.
I did not know my father personally because my parents divorced when I was two years old. I was eleven when he died.
My father remarried twice after divorcing my mother. According to public records, he married Beverly Joan Newman on October 9, 1959, in Clark County, Nevada. At some point they too divorced. With his third wife, Inge, my dad had a son and another daughter. I have never had the pleasure of meeting either of these half siblings, although in the past we have corresponded.
At my father's untimely death he had four children, none of whom remember having known him. All we have are pictures and mementoes and stories that have been handed down, and not nearly enough of those.
I live in the Southeast and have never had an opportunity to visit my father's grave. I thank my wonderful friends on Find A Grave who have helped me create this loving tribute. Special thanks to Cami B., who provided the original gravesite photos.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air ...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922 - 1941)
Blanchard G. McManus
Beloved Husband and Father
1930 - 1968
Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Plot: Lot 2, Section 228, Veterans Memorial Garden
Created by: AngelSeeker
Record added: Sep 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58964844