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Manuel Raul Gonzalez

El Paso - MANUEL R. GONZALEZ, 83, CW4 (Ret.) U.S. Army, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Manny was born in New York, NY and grew up in the working-class Chelsea neighborhood. He received his amateur radio license as a teenager and was an active "ham" operator as W2BFI for 68 years.

Manny completed 32 years of military service in Air Defense Artillery and retired from active duty in 1986. He served in California, Boston, El Paso (Ft. Bliss), Germany, Korea, and Key West.

Upon his retirement, he began many years of volunteer work with PTA, Boy Scouts, as a band and orchestra parent, and served as a trustee at his church. In addition, he served on the Board of the Visiting Nurses Association and was an active member in several local radio clubs, including the QCWA, where he served as an officer for 29 years.

He loved his family, his church, his community, a wide variety of music, and was an avid Star Trek fan.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sharon, and his two children, Steven (Jessica) and Susan Gonzalez, and granddaughter Audrie Garcia-Gonzalez.

The celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 3:00PM at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird, with Rev. Kim Kinsey and Rev. Amy Mercer officiating.

Gifts in his memory may be made to the Western Hills Foundation, Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird, El Paso, Texas, 79912.

Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West, 480 N. Resler Dr. Please visit our online registry at

Manuel R. González, de 83 años, CW4 (Ret.) Ejército de Estados Unidos, falleció el domingo 11 de agosto de 2019. Manny nació en Nueva York, NY y creció en el barrio de la clase trabajadora de Chelsea. Recibió su licencia de radio amateur cuando era adolescente y fue un radioaficionado como W2BFI durante 68 años. Completó sus 32 años de servicio militar en la Artillería de Defensa Aérea y se retiró del servicio activo en 1986. Sirvió en California, Boston, El Paso (Fort Bliss), Alemania, Corea, y Key West. Después de su retiro, comenzó muchos años de trabajo voluntario con PTA, Boy Scouts, como padre de banda y orquesta, y se desempeñó como administrador de su iglesia. Además, sirvió en la Junta de la Asociación de Enfermeras Visitantes y fue miembro activo en varios clubes de radio locales, incluido el QCWA, donde se desempeñó como oficial durante 29 años. Amaba a su familia, su iglesia, su comunidad , una gran variedad de música, y era un ávido fanático de Star Trek. Le sobrevive su esposa por 45 años, Sharon, y sus dos hijos Steven (Jessica) y Susan González, y su nieta Audrie García-González. La celebración de su vida se llevará a cabo el viernes 16 de agosto del 2019 a las 3:00 p.m. en la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Western Hills, ubicada en el 524 Thunderbird, con el reverendo Kim Kinsey y la reverenda Amy Mercer oficiando. Los regalos en su memoria se pueden realizar a la Fundación Western Hills y a la Iglesia Metodista Unida de Western Hills, en el 524 Thunderbird, El Paso, Texas, 79912. Servicios otorgados por Sunset Funeral Home- West, 480 N. Resler Dr. Por favor, visite nuestro registro en línea en

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Published in El Paso Times on Aug. 15, 2019.
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August 17, 2019
I will cherish deeply the conversations we were fortunate to exchange, huge milestones for me, and you were always so selfless; most memorable the passing of my mother and as recently as this past Christmas.
You were so intuitive always knowing the topic of conversation fitting for the situation.
I had no idea what you were guiding me for in December and it all makes sense now.
What a selfless person you are, full of faith matched by your humor.
Your family and loved ones are so strong due to the faith that you shared with them and the guidelines you have set forth for the future. Such a role model.
Thank-You Manny.
I know the gates of Heaven are still celebrating your arrival. They have gained a beautiful soul.
God Bless You, and Rest In Peace
Kim Rutter
August 14, 2019
The staff at Western Hills Academy will miss our biggest cheerleader. Thank you for all you did for us. We will miss you dearly.
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