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James Manusos, 72

James "Jim" John Manusos, 72, of Newton, Iowa, formerly of Mason City, Iowa, and Alexandria, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial for James was held Monday, December 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Epiphany Parish Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 North Adams, Mason City.

Burial was at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery in Mason City, with military graveside honors conducted by members of Mason City Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Jim was born April 15, 1941 in Mason City, the son of John James and Rose (Martin) Manusos. He received his education at Holy Family Catholic School and Mason City High School.

Jim was inducted into the Marines Corps and served his country until his honorable discharge.

Soon after his military service he was united in marriage to Kathy Bonte. Together they had three children, Cindy, Jay and Carrie. He worked for Sunoco for 27 years in Des Moines, Iowa, Stillwater, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, retiring in 1998.

Jim later married his high school sweetheart, Judy (Hutzell) Lytle on April 12, 1991 in Barrington, IL. They began their new lives together in Midland, Texas, moving to Alexandria in 2001, and recently to Newton, Iowa.

Jim was a faithful husband, loyal friend and devoted son; caring for his mother, Rose until her death. He was an avid sports fan, golfer and inventor.

Jim is survived by his wife, Judy Manusos; his children, Cindy (Keith) Katch of Victoria, Texas, Jay Manusos of Grimes, Iowa, and Carrie Ward of McKinney, Texas; grandchildren, Elyse, Nicholas, Kelsey, Taylor and Dylan; stepmother, Virginia; half-sister, Nancy, of Big Springs, Texas; Judys seven children and 12 grandchildren; as well as many extended family members and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rose.

He had a special relationship with his uncle Billy and other aunts and uncles from the Martin family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that Mass be dedicated to Jim at St. Marys Catholic Church in Alexandria, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton, and at Epiphany Parish Holy Family Catholic Church and Epiphany Parish St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mason City.

Arrangements are with Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City, IA; (641) 423-2372;