Manuel (Tito) Gonzalez passed away peacefully on June 13, 2014, in Emmett, Idaho, after a brief illness. He was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Enrique Gonzalez and Guadalupe Leal on Sept. 8, 1930.
He had one sister Enriqueta Faraklas (Luis). He was raised by a paternal aunt in Detroit, Mich., from the ages of 3-15 years, after the death of his mother. At 15, his father reunited the family in Austin, Texas. He lived there until he joined the Army
in 1951. He served in Korea from 1952-53, he served two tours in Vietnam and continued his military service for a total of 24 years.
Tito married Wilma Scybert of Emmett on Nov. 13, 1954, in Seattle, Wash. They had four children, Deanna Chandler (Tom), Sandra Gonzalez, David Gonzalez and Greg Gonzalez (Susan).
He retired from the military in 1972 when he moved his family to Emmett. He worked for the Department of Labor until 1990 when he retired.
He was an active member of the Emmett Kiwanis Club for 42 years. He served as secretary or treasurer for many of those years. He volunteered for many community projects and served as an interpreter for the court system. He also served as a city council member. He enjoyed volunteering with the seniors and youth of Emmett as well as being a member of the American Legion and lifetime member of the VFW
He had a long history of watch and clock collecting and a lifetime love of old cars. He always loved his time spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed the time spent in Texas with his sister Queta, brother-in-law Luis Faraklas and their family.
He was survived by Wilma, his wife of 59 years, his four children and their spouses, his grandchildren, Shawn and Kristen Gonzalez, Abigail and Emily Gonzalez and great-grandchildren Lexis and Eloy Chaparro. He had numerous nieces and nephews whom he enjoyed.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister and one infant grandchild.
Services will be held at Potter Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, with interment to follow at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery in Boise.
A special thank you to Dr. Keller, and the staff at Liberty Dialysis, and Cherry Ridge Care for their kindness.