He was born on May 9, 1943, in Grand Junction, Colo.. He was a retired prison guard at Garza East.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and former wife of 33 years, Jolene Cross; two sons, Charles M. Mancuso Jr. and wife Heather of Bristol, Conn., and Michael A. Mancuso of Corpus Christi; as well as a daughter, Angela T. Flewelling and husband David of San Diego, Calif.
He was “Grumpa” to five smart, talented, strong grandchildren: Sherry, Kerry, Kaytlynn, Tanna-Marie and Trystyn. He is also survived by two younger brothers, Jim Mancuso and wife Barbara and Rocky Mancuso and wife Nita, all of Grand Junction, Colo. The majority of Chuck’s extended family reside in Colorado.
Chuck had been a “Beevillian” for nearly 40 years and was very well known throughout the community. He was the town’s unofficial jester and was still cracking jokes throughout his long, debilitating illness. He tried very hard to be an upstanding citizen of Beeville. He enjoyed his job and the people he worked with very much.
After nearly losing his life, fifteen years ago, to a then unheard of blood disease called Thrombotic Thrombocyto Penia, or TTP, Chuck made a decision to will his body to science, hoping that even more scientific breakthroughs would be made.
A memorial service in his honor will be held on Sunday, 22 Feb., 2009, at Monte Del Olivar Christian Church on Hwy 351, (at the entrance of the 200 Acre Park, across from Sky’s the Limit Skydiving club) at 3 p.m. for those who wish to say a final farewell to a man who will be deeply missed by the many who knew him.
“I am The Way, The Truth and The Light. He that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet, shall Re-Live.”