Manuel Valverde, 80, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Seymour.
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Born Jan. 14, 1934, in Stockton Calif., he was the son of the late Ralph and Guadalupe (Labrado) Valverde. On Nov. 15, 1958, he married Susan Anne Green in St. George's Catholic Church in Stockton, Calif.
Manuel graduated from high school and entered the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Korean War. He then attended two years of college and received an associate degree.
Manuel was a self-employed contractor for more than 40 years with Rose Acres Farms in Jackson County. He really enjoyed spending time in his workshop, working in his yard with his daylilies and his family.
He was always one to challenge his mind and his ability to be creative. With this, he had several inventions. Two of these inventions were patented and sold as the peace sign ashtray and the Twiggy Fishing Pole, still being produced and sold today.
He was a great family man and will be greatly missed by his wife; children, Manuel E. Valverde, Elaine (Tim) Pardieck, Carla (Reid) Westphal and Dianna "Dee" (Jim) Camp; grandchildren, Ryan, Cory and Clay Pardieck, Madison and Alex Westphal, and Sam, Paige and Jack Camp; sister, Sally (Louis) Villalovoz; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Chalo, Moses and Ralph Valverde; and sisters, Helen Munoz, Mary Reyas Romero, Eva Guerrero, Mary Lou Navone and Minnie Miranda.
A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church with Father Dan Staublin officiating, assisted by Deacon Mike East. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Voss dove release.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Voss Chapel, Seymour, and from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at the church.
Family asks that all memorials be given through the funeral home to St. Ambrose Catholic Church or Hospice of Schneck Medical Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at vossfuneralservice.com.
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Apr. 6 to Apr. 14, 2014