Manuel Gonzales

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Craig resident Manuel Gonzales died Aug. 2, 2003, at Walbridge Wing, in Meeker, Colo. He was 83.

Gonzales was born May 6, 1920, in Mount Harris, to Philip and Juanita (Ramirez) Gonzales.

Gonzales was raised in Mount Harris and attended school in Hayden. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Gonzales worked in Mount Harris as a butcher and moved to Craig in 1958. He went to work as a butcher at Safeway and worked there until his retirement.

Gonzales married Frances B. Hering on Nov. 15, 1971, in Craig. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a member of the VFW.

Gonzales is survived by his wife, Frances Gonzales, of Craig; daughters Debra Hayes, of Craig, and Vickie (Ron) Chynoweth, of Boise, Idaho; granddaughter, Michelle Stoffle, of Craig; sisters Adelina "Lil" (George) Palma, of Craig, Ortencia "Ortie" (Cecil) Bettger, of Steamboat Springs, Mary (Richard) Key, of Chicago, Ill., and Elsie Smith, of Burlington; brothers Al (Peggy) Gonzales, of Craig, and Nick Gonzales, of Durango.

Gonzales was preceded in death by his parents, Juanita and Philip, and his brothers John and Vidal.

Services were held Aug. 8, 2003, at Yampa Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Dale Potter officiating. The prelude was done by Rosemary Potter and a prayer by Pastor Dale Potter. A eulogy was read by Fred Hering. Ray Cartwright performed the solos "Go Rest High On The Mountain," "I Sure Miss You," and "In The Sweet By and Bye." The Congregational Song was "Beyond the Sunset."

Honorary pallbearers were all of Gonzales' many friends.

Military honors were by the VFW Post No. 4265.

Memorial contributions may be made to Moffat County Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Foundation in care of Grant Mortuary.

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