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Sam Manis

Dec. 5, 1944 – Dec. 14, 2021

Sam Manis, 77, passed away after a brief illness on Dec. 14, 2021, at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Fla.

He was born Dec. 5, 1944, in Anderson Ind., the son of Violet Ruth Raines and Sanford Monroe Manis.

Mr. Manis graduated from Anderson High School, Class of 1963, where he played basketball and football. Following graduation, he worked at LifeTime Tile Setters and then attended Ball State University.

Mr. Manis married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jean “Jeanie” Reasoner, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage in October. Mr. Manis retired from General Motors after 36 years. He was an avid fisherman growing up, and he enjoyed watching hummingbirds while drinking a glass of his famous sweet tea. When he was in Florida, Mr. Manis enjoyed working on his garden and going to The Elk’s, which he was a member of.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Jeanie (Reasoner) Manis, are his sons, Scott Manis and Rob Manis; his daughter, Angel Farmen; his brother, Daniel Manis; sister-in-law, Peach Reasoner; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Anita Kay Myers and Carolyn Sue Manis; father-in-law, Robert R. Reasoner; and mother-in-law, Mary L. (Jackson) Reasoner.

A time of visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 from 3 until 7 p.m. at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 West Jackson Street, Cicero, IN 46034.  

Online condolences may be made at www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com. Condolences can also be sent to 4459 W 300 S, Anderson, Indiana  46011. Donations will be used to honor Mr. Manis’s favorite cause, The Butterfly Project. Donations may be sent to Bethel United Methodist Church; 4011 W 200 S, Anderson, IN 46011.