Sheriff Deputy Robert E. Mcmanaway

End Of Watch: January 14th 2006

Tour Of Duty: 31 Years

 

 

LOGAN Robert E. "Bob" McManaway, 63, of Logan, Ohio,

went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at his residence.  
He was born July 29, 1942, in Powhatan Point, Ohio, the son of Robert H. McManaway and

Gladys Exline McManaway, both of Logan. He was married to Sharon McManaway, who survives.  
He was a Hocking County deputy sheriff for 31 years; and a member of the Isaac Walton League,

the Fish and Gun Club; and attended the Christian Fellowship Church. Bob was a veteran of

the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War.  
Also surviving are a son Brian (Larrisa) McManaway of Logan; two daughters, Melodee (Jarrod)

Hawk of Hamden, Ohio, and Tiffany McManaway of Logan; five grandchildren, Brian Keith Jr., and Zachary McManaway, Jacob and Jordan Hawk, and Malik Jackson; and one brother, Gene (Roberta) Morgan of Logan.
Bob is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Christy D'Ann McManaway; and a brother,

Jimmy McManaway. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Cardaras Funeral Home,

183 E. Second St., Logan, with the Rev. Jeff Snodgrass officiating.  
Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Logan, where military graveside

services were conducted by the Combined Veterans Burial Detail of Hocking County.

~Logan Daily News  
 

 


 

 

 By Willa Walters (1-17-06)
LOGAN It was a somber day in the Hocking County Sheriff's Office Monday. Members of the sheriff's department were mourning the loss of a fellow officer. Deputy Robert E. "Bob" McManaway died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on Saturday. "He was a reliable employee, a very devoted and dedicated officer, just a good person to be around," said Sheriff Lanny North.

McManaway was commissioned as a special deputy for the Hocking County Sheriff's Department in January 1975 and began full-time employment in September 1975. North began working full time for the department in November 1975. "I've known him personally for 31 years," North said. "Bob was pretty open about his thoughts. You always knew what was on his mind. He never complained about the risks that go with the job. He came to work every day and seldom called off sick. He had a tremendous sense of humor."

In addition to Sheriff North's tenure, McManaway served under three other administrations, those of Paul "Puffy" Hartman, Paul "Hap" Thrush and Jim Jones. Former Hocking County Sheriff Jones had known McManaway since 1976. "He was an exemplary officer, always concerned about the citizens of the county," Jones said. "He'll be sorely missed."

Throughout his 31 years of service, McManaway performed all duties involved in law enforcement functions. "I remember in the '70s when we were investigating a stabbing in Carbon Hill," North said. "The suspect had thrown the knife away along Route 278. Bob spend hours walking along 278 and finally found the weapon."

North said that McManaway had retired "in paperwork only" in Dec. 2003. He officially retired in March 2005, and the department held a recognition get-together for him on March 14 of that year. "I presented him with a certificate of appreciation and a gold watch. The deputies gave him a gift card," North said.

Though the deputy had plenty of hobbies hunting, target shooting, riding his motorcycle retirement didn't seem to suit McManaway. He came back to the department to work part time in October 2005, transporting prisoners to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville and other institutions.

Personal friend and Deputy Ryan Gabriel said, "Bob came to work everyday, whistling away. He had this special bird whistle he'd do. You always knew when he came in." Gabriel added, "Bob had been here so long, going out on calls, serving papers; everybody in the county knew him, from Laurelville to Murray City."

Sheriff North said the department has been in contact with the McManaway family. "They're coping with the loss as well as can be expected," he said.

Fellow officer Gabriel, who was born in 1972, said, "I always remember Bob in a deputy's uniform." Many grateful people in the Hocking County community will remember Deputy McManaway that way, too.

Deputy McManaway is survived by his wife, Sharon McManaway; his son, Brian (Larrisa) McManaway of Logan; two daughters, Melodee (Jarrod) Hawk of Hamden and Tiffany McManaway of Logan; a brother, Gene (Roberta) Morgan of Logan; and five grandchildren. His son Brian McManaway also is a deputy for the Hocking County Sheriff's Department.