Manuel George Menezes
April 6, 1923 - Oct 16, 2013
Manuel will be laid to rest with full military honors at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited.
He and his wife Phyllis were patients and room mates at San Luis Care Center in Newman where he passed after a short illness. In addition, he is survived by his children: Carolyn Mattos of Ceres, Kathleen LePre of Newman, George Menezes of Los Banos, Step-daughters: Carvaleen Blanton of Gardnerville, Nevada and Sharleen Rhoades of Turlock. Grandchildren Tracy Morefield, Jim Silva, Steven Price, Debbie Hendrix, April Bates, Bobbi Anguiano, Travis Menezes, Chad Menezes and Guy Menezes; 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by a brother Jack Menezes of Gustine, sisters Mary Louise Swanson of Turlock, Rose Fontes and Vang Castro of Gustine and Laverne Rensch of Redwood City.
He was a proud World War II Veteran having served in the U.S. Army in France, Germany and the occupation of Japan. Last year he was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 50 years of continuous membership. He was also a member of the American Legion, Native Sons of the Golden West, and a lifetime member in the Loyal Order of Moose where he held a Pilgrim Degree (the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member). He was one of the originating members of the Newman Moose Lodge.
Most of his life was spent living in either Newman or Gustine He spent over 20 years as a truck driver and loved camping in Yosemite, fishing, gardening and socializing with anyone he met.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Nov. 3, 2013