Lawrence Patrick (Pat) Manyx, age 89, of LaBelle, Missouri, passed away December 24, 2020, in the LaBelle Manor.
Born September 21, 1931, in Knox City, Missouri, Pat was the son of Henry Georgie and Anna Mabel Kelley Manyx.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Goodson.
Surviving are one son, Keith (Myoka) Manyx of Knox City, MO; one grandson, Brian (Amy) Manyx of Kirksville, MO; two great-grandchildren, Tristan and Kierra Manyx of Kirksville, MO; one brother, Bob Manyx of Quincy, IL; and a half-brother, Paul Butcher of Hannibal, MO.
After Pat finished school at La Belle High School, he served in the US Army for a few months and was discharged. He was told with his knowledge in radio equipment and electronics he would be more satisfied and valuable if he was in the Navy. He then enlisted four years in the Navy.
Returning home from the Navy Pat was in a partnership with Homer Fulton for many years. They did repairs on radios, televisions and all electronic appliances. Lots of refrigerators. Also including bicycles, you name it bring it in and they would try to fix it. They started the business in the back of Ruben’s general store. Not sure of the exact name of Harry Rubin’s store.
Later on, Pat’s father Henry Manyx purchased the current location where they continued their shop for a lot of years known as Fulton & Manyx TV/Appl. on a much larger scale. Stocking a large display area for radios, televisions (televisions coming on the market with a tiny screen and two men wrestling in a full-blown snowstorm that you could only get reception at certain times of the day). There were islands made with small electric appliances, Radios, refrigerators and the electric cooking stoves all on display. As the years passed his business partner for many years moved his family to California as he accepted a great job. It then took the name of Manyx Tv & Appl. then down the line it became the bike shop.
In those early days Pat and Homer were very instrumental in organizing a motorcycle club called Missouri Hawks motorcycle club which included members from Canton and several nearby towns. I mentioned Canton as it was probably the furthest away all though there was a few members from Quincy. Pat’s father owned some acreage by Deer Ridge, Missouri, and that was the go-to place for the club to have meetings and there was a riding track. Many had fun on the open space and Pat enjoyed helping new ones on how to ride the big Harley Davidson and there was one Indian cycle. Pat and many of the entire club enjoyed the road trips. Ones most memorable each year was the Dodge City 300 motorcycle race, Dodge City, Kansas, and the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway. He did like to hit the road on his bike but then they all did most every weekend.
For many years Pat was seen riding his Indian motorcycle around town, in fact, he was all over the country with it. If it was not the Indian, it would be his pride and joy, the Ford Ranchero. Not sure it was one of the first ones 1957 but probably close. Then on his more mature days he switched over to riding one of his many bicycles. Somewhat safer, however, there was the time when he spilled the Indian on a wet brick pavement in Dodge City and we slid half a block. I can testify to this incident as I was on the back of that Indian. That compared to his almost fatal collision on one of his bicycles and a huge dog I wasn’t present. I never heard if the dog had been arrested.
Funeral services with full Military Honors will be held 10 A.M. Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in the Coder Funeral Chapel in Labelle, MO. Pastor Paul Harvey will officiate the services. Burial will be in the LaBelle Cemetery.
Musical selections will be Go Rest High On That Mountain and Old Rugged Cross.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to services Wednesday January 6th, at the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle.
Memorials may be made to the Donor’s choice. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.