There was a moment of silence at Sunset Lanes in Pekin on Wednesday afternoon, remembering Bob McManus, one of the members of the Goodtimers Senior League.
McManus, the former owner of Rosewood Lanes (now Striketown Bowl), died on Saturday, March 10, at his residence in Bartonville at the age of 77.
He was a member of the bowling halls of fame in both Peoria and Pekin, and he left behind many long-time friends and teammates.
"He had been struggling probably the last year or so with emphysema," said fellow Pekin Hall of Famer Ray Bianchi. "But he liked to bowl, and wouldn't give it up. He would come out here, sick and tired, but he'd still bowl."
Bianchi, who recently turned 90, said he bowled on the same team with McManus for the past few years, and won a senior doubles event a few years ago in Pekin.
"I told him that we couldn't lose because we were the only two in our age classification," Bianchi joked. "We had some good times together, and I enjoyed bowling with him, because he was a lot of fun."
The two bowlers also shared a few pranks over the years.
"One time we were bowling league out at Rosewood, and we were on lanes 1-2," Bianchi said. "If everybody on your team got a strike in the fifth frame, you got a pizza.
"At that time they had a pay phone by lanes 1-2, so after we all struck, I called the front desk from the payphone. Bob answered, and I told him we were on lanes 1-2 and had all struck in the fifth frame, and he had to come down to verify it. He got a kick out of that!"
Bob Dant, who joined the Pekin association's Hall of Fame this year, also bowled with McManus at Sunset, but also knew him in a different setting. McManus also was a navy veteran
"I bowled at (Rosewood) for about 35 years in the Thursday night scratch league," Dant said. "But he also was a member of my veterans' post, North Pekin AMVETS.
"I had just bought him a new veteran's hat and gave it to him about three weeks ago. He came back the next week and had some veteran pins stuck on it. It was a shock when I heard he had died."
McManus left behind a lot of friends and a lot of good memories. Condolences go out to his family. He will be missed.
WINNING GROUP: After surviving a late rally by a couple of other teams, the team of Bill Maher, Tim Wolfmeyer, Mike Davis and Paul Lippens ran the table in the stepladder finals to win the Safari Team Shootout at Safari Bowl last Saturday.
The winners knocked off top-seeded Team Stenger (Bob Baker, Josh Barnwell, Chris Stenger and Mark Stenger) in the title match 488-471 to earn the $1,800 top prize.
The winning team even rolled a Baker-style 300 game in a semifinal win over Team Ogle (Chad Barnes, Bob Ogle, Kenny Shockency and Garrett Lawson).
The Decatur team of Gabe Howell, Thomas Hale, Keith Hillen and Tim Frey placed fourth in the full field of 16 teams.
Corey Kistner's team, also from Decatur, made a late charge and came up six pins shy of advancing to the stepladder finals.
Team Taylor (Shane Taylor, Lynn Kaufmann, Sammy Taylor Jr., and Steve Taylor) missed the cut by 10 pins, despite perfect games by brothers Sammy and Steve Taylor.
Steve Taylor was solid all during qualifying, with games of 259, 269, 258 and 300 for 1,086.
Sammy Taylor Jr. went out to his vehicle in the parking lot during Game 3 to pull out a ball he had not tried yet. He struck out for a 191 in the third game and then thew 12 more in Game 4.
According to the United States Bowling Congress, the Taylors are the third brothers to roll treys in the same tournament game. But they are the first duo that included a righty (Steve) and a lefty (Sammy).
STILL STRIKING: Natalie Heppard, a Peoria association Hall of Famer, had games of 233, 279 and 298 for an 810 series at Sunset Lanes on Friday night, just missing her career high series of 817.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.