Bruce Harvey Manuel


Bruce Harvey Manuel passed away peacefully at the age of 70 on July 18, 2022. 

Bruce began life in Corpus Christi, TX; but spent most of his youth in Charlestown, WV with his siblings, Marsha and Larry. After high school, Bruce joined the United State Navy, working as an electronics technician aboard the USS Benjamin Stoddert. He sailed across the South Pacific to many far-flung locations, including Hawaii, Taiwan, Guam, and Hong Kong. His ship was often just off the coastal waters of Vietnam. During his time in the US Navy, he met his wife of 47 years, Janice, in Subic Bay, Philippines. 

In the late 1980s, Bruce settled with his family in Overland Park, KS, where he worked as a project manager at Sprint. He left Sprint briefly in the early aughts, to become a youth minister at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, KS. During this time, he travelled many times on mission trips to Guatemala.

He leaves behind his wife, Janice; his children: Julie Lyles, Greg Manuel, and Kim Manuel; his sister, Marsha Manuel; his half-brother, James Manuel; his granddaughter, Amber McGartland and her two daughters: Elie and Emma.

Service & Memorial Contributions

Bruce requested that no funeral services be held. The family requests that you send no cards or flowers, but instead do some small kindness today in Bruce’s honor. 


  1. Nick Disidore on July 26, 2022 at 11:20 am

    I’ve never met anyone with a bigger heart! Thank you, my friend, for sharing your passion and commitment in bringing others, especially our youth, to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. May you now enjoy the eternal joy only He can offer to those who believe and live a life of fidelity and faith.

  2. Jim wedeking on July 24, 2022 at 11:32 am

    We miss you Bruce

  3. STO on July 22, 2022 at 12:49 am

    I am truly sadden to hear of Bruce’s passing. I work with him briefly in my career at Sprint year ago and I found him to be such a kind and authentic person. He made any cloudy day situation sunnier. I’m grateful for the short period of time that our paths cross and even now, years later reading that he wants only a kind act in his memory makes me smile. Thank you, Bruce. Rest well.

  4. Frank Slusher on July 21, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Tank was a great guy. My brother Greg Slusher and Tank were good friends and Tank would come to Slusher’s Citgo in Ranson back in the 60’s
    What a great person.

  5. Bill McWatters on July 21, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    So sorry to hear about Tank’s passing. I enjoyed playing football and baseball with him at Charles Town H. S. He was a great friend to all. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  6. Bill Milliard on July 21, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Met Bruce at Holy Trinity. Always kind hearted, a gentle giant, so to speak. Appreciated his work ethic and his dedication to ministry, despite some animosity from some people. Thanks for your service to our country and youth. Rest In Peace, friend.

  7. Kelly Hoefler on July 21, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Janice I’m so sorry for your loss. Bruce was my teacher at holy trinity for CCD. He always made me laugh. What a loving man. Prayers to you and your family. God Bless

  8. Karen upright Fitzpatrick on July 21, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    May Tank rest in peace

  9. James Manuel on July 21, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Bruce is my big brother. We were 19 years apart in age and you don’t always realize how alike you are until later on in life. Bruce is a wonderful and great extension of my Dad. I look up to both of them always. They are up in heaven rejoicing right now and I can see their smiles and hear their laughter. It is a total honor to be Bruce Manuel’s little bro. Love you brother!!

  10. Annette M Hadley on July 21, 2022 at 11:32 am

    I will always remember Bruce as a kind hearted man, and rejoice that he is no longer suffering.

  11. Donna & Bernie Judge on July 21, 2022 at 11:15 am

    To Janice and Family,
    Bruce (Tank) served in the Vietnam war on the Benjamin Stoddard DDG-22 with my husband Bernie as electronics technician. He was the best! He always took Bernie’s duty for him at Pearl Harbor so Bernie and I could be together. We will never forget those days. Bruce was the nicest guy! We both truly appreciated his thoughtfulness, kindness and his friendship. Janice, you had a true “GEM”! Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May Bruce RIP! I’m sure those doves lead him in the right direction. Bruce is no longer suffering and is at peace.
    Donna & Bernie Judge. PS…we were going to send a Mass card so I’m glad we saw the obit. Sending hugs to all! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  12. Gates Soloy on July 21, 2022 at 11:08 am

    My condolences! I worked with Bruce for many years, and enjoyed our conversations. He will be missed!

  13. Stuart Ocker on July 21, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Wow so sorry to hear about Bruce. I used to ride to school with him, I would go to his house on 2nd Avenue and catch a ride or play football in his yard. Yes he did overrun me one time in the Midget League Basketball. The best was playing Little League Baseball he played for the Cubs while I played for the Indians. Bruce hit a homer for me in heaven.

  14. Keith Jiron on July 21, 2022 at 10:46 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news, Janice.
    Thanks to Bruce, Kate got the job in KC when we were first dating. I still use the baseball mitt he gave us when coaching my boy’s baseball team.
    Kate and I did very much enjoy our double dates with you and Bruce at the New Dinner Theater. Will say a prayer!

  15. Kate Jiron on July 21, 2022 at 10:36 am

    Bruce had a huge impact on me and so many others in his faithful service to youth ministry for many years. May God reward him for his service and generosity. Janice- my deepest sympathy. I’d love to send you a card if you private message me your address. I’ll always remember fondly our New Dinner Theater double dates. Hugs from Omaha!

  16. Mike Wiltshire on July 21, 2022 at 10:12 am

    I’ve known Bruce and his family since graded school. He was always a positive and happy person. My dad coached him in midget league basketball where he earned the nickname “Tank” due to his propensity to accidentally run over his much smaller opponents on the court. I picture him with a smile always on his face. I’m sure he brought smiles to many of you in Kansas. Peace to all.

  17. Susan kolb on July 21, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Rest in peace Bruce thank you for your service my deepest condolences to your family left behind specially Janice and you kids .

    • Doug Davis on July 21, 2022 at 11:20 am

      Tank almost always had a smile on his face, he was serious on rare occassions but usually smiling or laughing. So sorry to hear about his tough health in his later years, he was a great guy. He was a great friend and I wish we could have had a visit last year. I was in Kansas and asked him if I could drive over and see him and now I know why he didn’t think it was a good idea. I am so very sorry for for your loss, he will be missed.

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