Oct. 4, 1940 - Jun. 21, 2013 MUSTANG Manuel Ochoa II, fell asleep in death on June 21, 2013, at the age of 72. He was born October 4, 1940, in Ordway, Colorado to Candy & Elsie Ochoa. He spent his childhood in Colorado, Washington, and Kansas. He served as an MP in the Korean Conflict, and upon his return stateside he wed Yolanda Maldonado. He enjoyed a 25 year tenure in the oilfield industry with Western Companies and Smith Energy. He served as an Elder in the Oakglen Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was a gifted artist throughout his life and had a preference for Western and Native American art. He was a true lover of the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. The close relationships he had with family and friends brought him the most joy.He is survived by his wife, Yolanda Ochoa of Mustang, Oklahoma; his son, Mark Ochoa and wife Lorraine also of Mustang; his daughter, Veronica Ochoa-Hudson and husband Gregory of Bethany, Oklahoma; his son, Timothy Ochoa and wife Kari of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his grandsons, Adam, Preston, and Dalton Ochoa; and great-grandson, Merritt Ochoa. Also his devoted family friends of more than 40 years, Burl and Joyce White of Granbury, Texas, along with numerous other family members and friends.He was known for his quick wit and orneriness, but was unsurpassed in his kindness, generosity, and love. To his children, he was more than a father; he was a true friend, a confidant, and an advisor who always provided scriptural insight and wisdom in all areas of life. They considered it an honor and privilege to have known and loved this fine man. He will be missed but never forgotten.Services will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 5749 N.W. 37th Street, Oklahoma City, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on June 28, 2013