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Francis Andrew “Drew” Manley

December 28, 1972 - July 06, 2021



Francis Andrew “Drew” Manley of Cadillac passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Munson Healthcare Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 48.

Drew was born December 28, 1972 in San Bernardino, California to Francis Craig and Carla Jean (Messlin) Manley.

As a military family Drew graduated high school in South Korea, moved to Florida and later looking for a change moved to Spearfish, South Dakota where he met and married Pamela Ann Schwans on June 14, 1996.

Drew and Pam moved to Northern Michigan where Drew worked for Biewer Lumber in McBain and Lake City for many years. He also worked at MC Sports and was currently the general manager for Antioch Hills Golf Course in Mesick. Wherever Drew was he had the ability to form friendships and make others feel valued. He was generous and kind and took care of others, whether at the golf course or in their kitchen at home.

Family was very important to Drew; he was especially proud and supportive of his children. He bonded with his son, Christopher through their shared love of music and food. Cooking was a passion of Drew’s. He loved to host and entertain and showed his love towards others through cooking and sharing his recipes. Whenever his daughter, Megan, the apple of his eye, had friends over he was more than happy to go to the kitchen to create whatever they wanted.

Drew was a member of The Tabernacle in Buckley where his faith was renewed. He found new purpose and was able to look to the Lord with a fresh perspective.

He is survived by his wife, Pam; children: Christopher and Megan; parents: Craig and Carla Manley of Las Vegas; father and mother-in-law: Ronald and Marilyn Schwans; in-laws: David (Sharon) Schwans, Helen Suhr, Thomas Schwans, Mark (Doreen) Schwans, Sara (Brian) Oelke, Mary (Dan) Kim, Maria Schwans; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, special cousins and friends that are like family.

He was preceded in death by grandparents: Robert and Marjorie Manley, Emery Messlin and Mary Lou Ritcher.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Tabernacle in Buckley. Friends may meet the family from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Tabernacle prior to the service. His final resting place will be Selma Township Cemetery in Wexford County.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Christopher and Megan Manley. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Rick Witherspoon - Jul 7th, 2021 12:12 pm

    "So sorry to hear about Drew. He was an awesome guy to work with and hang out with. He was such a great guy. Much love to his family and friends. He will definitely be missed."

  • Tom & Sandi - Jul 7th, 2021 12:17 pm

    "Remembering with fondness & love, our dearest friend Francis! Missing you already!"

  • Helena and Charlie Brozofsky - Jul 7th, 2021 12:42 pm

    "Drew had a charm and warmth that he freely shared and that is something that leaves its mark with people who he interacted with. May God wrap his arms around you and hold you during this difficult time. Sending our love and prayers to your family and friends. "

  • Sanya Bottrall - Jul 7th, 2021 12:54 pm

    "So much love to you kids and Pam. Love you all so much and so very sorry for your loss. "

  • Jonathan & Jennilynn Hallett (&Family) - Jul 7th, 2021 1:49 pm

    "Psalms 34:18 Please know that while you are grieving and may at times feel alone; you are anything but… wishing you peace and comfort in due time. You are such special people and it must have taken an incredible person make you smile the way you do in all your pictures. Let the best times be the ones that occupy your thoughts and take root, and he’ll continue to bring a smile to your faces. We love you! "

  • Delilah Lanning - Jul 7th, 2021 1:51 pm

    "Pam May God give you His grace, mercy, peace, and strength. Going through this storm is not easy, as a family you will struggle but also rejoice in the wonderful memories that will bring that smile and tear all at the same time. My prayers are with you. Delilah"

  • Robyn delosa - Jul 7th, 2021 2:07 pm

    "So sorry for ur loss. Ur family is in my prayers"

  • Mark and Doreen Schwans - Jul 7th, 2021 2:16 pm

    "We love you Drew and miss you. "

  • Greg & Christine Perala - Jul 7th, 2021 2:17 pm

    "Drew, miles and time separated us in life..but we will have eternity when we meet again RIP Pam, may your memories, love and family bring you peace. We love you "

  • Brian Emory - Jul 7th, 2021 3:13 pm

    "I worked with Drew at MC. We had a lot of laughs together. He will be very missed."

  • Eric M Christie - Jul 7th, 2021 5:23 pm

    "Prayers go out to the family. Drew was a great guy and friend. I will always remember the good times that were had. He will be greatly missed... "

  • Kimberly Meyers - Jul 7th, 2021 6:47 pm

    "I prayers and thoughts are with you all. "

  • Mike and Penny Jenema - Jul 8th, 2021 12:46 pm

    "Drew we loved you so much. Praying for your family."

  • John & Kathy Mosko mst - Jul 8th, 2021 4:13 pm

    "A truly nice man. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Pam and Family. He is remembered with a smile and a tear. "

  • Jim & Pam Tomanek - Jul 9th, 2021 5:16 am

    "Prayer for all of you. Drew was a special person always so friendly, kind and thoughtful we will miss!"

  • Dennis & Cindy Richard - Jul 9th, 2021 7:27 am

    "We are very sorry for your loss, may God be with you and your family."

  • Jerome Pionk - Jul 9th, 2021 6:21 pm

    "Words cannot express my sadness. From SAHS, football, to SWISS, Country Boys Can Survive and all those Seoul nights…some of my fondest memories were with you. RIP my friend. See you on the high ground. To your family, my sincerest condolences. Drew was loved by many and will be remembered fondly by many more. "

  • Lindsey and Matt Stanke - Jul 10th, 2021 6:12 am

    "I never saw him without a smile on his face. Drew was a great man and that reflect in his family and friends. Our thought are with you and your family."

  • Kathi Katz - Jul 12th, 2021 4:12 pm

    "So sorry to hear a fellow Sahsian passed away. My thoughts and prayers to Drew's family. 💜"

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