Manuel Joseph Cruz Sr.
Manuel Joseph Cruz Sr. passed away March 26, 2007.He was born April 22, 1926, in Silt to Manuel Jesus Cruz and Antonia Cecilia Hernandez.Manuel graduated from Silt High School as valedictorian of his class in 1944.Manuel served his country in World War II and helped hold the Ridge at the famous Battle of the Bulge, and returned home with a Purple Heart after being wounded at the Remagen Bridge in Germany. He also received a Bronze Star and other military medals.Manuel resided in Glenwood Springs for 50 years. He worked for Timbrook’s Garage, Berthod Motors, the Glenwood Springs Post Office, and then established West Glen Repair and Refinish where he was owner/operator until he retired in 1992.He was an active member of the Glenwood Springs Eagles, and held the position of president and other officer positions.He had a passion for the great outdoors, football, bowling and fishing.Manuel was a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.Manuel was most proud of his children, Anita (Rusty) Moulton of the U.S. Forest Service, Stephanie (John) Johnson of Wells Fargo Bank, Tonie (John) Richards of the Aspen Elementary School, Manuel J. Cruz Jr., who works in the oil fields, and Demere Cruz of Women’s Health.His greatest joys were his grandchildren: Andrea Gilmer, Angela Gilmer-Krausert, Brad Kline, Erika Wimberly, Erin and Kelsey Richards, and Jessie Rae Cruz; as well as his great-grandchildren Candice Gilmer, Tatum and Cimon Krausert and Justin Wimberly.He is survived by sisters Lola Montano, Mary Lucero and Patricia Mondragon; and brothers Pete Cruz and Patrick Cruz.He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Maria Rita Esquibel; brother Lupe Cruz; and sister Juanita. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at St. Stephen’s Church in Glenwood Springs. Inurnment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Fort Logan National Cemetery with military honors at Staging Area B.
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