Manuel "Manny" Villegas a loving father and friend to many passed away suddenly Sept 10. He was a long time resident of Oakland. He was 80 years old.

He was born in Perris, Calif. and he was a long time resident of Lindsay. He served his country and enlisted in the Army during World War II. He was sent over to Europe and fought the Battle of the Bulge.

He worked for Coca Cola until his retirement and still remained active, working at Alpha Granite and later helping his dear friend install windows. He was a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

He will be remembered by his family as a loving father, grandfather and brother. He will be remembered by his friends, as a man who loved life and a true friend. He will be dearly missed by his two children, Richard Villegas and daughter-in-law, Jeanette, of Dublin, Calif., and his daughter, Norma V. Northcutt and son-in-law, Les Northcutt of Malin, Ore. He leaves three grandsons, Tony, Jacob and Paul and seven great-grandchildren, Lesley, Lindsey, Jessica, Cade, Joe, Garrett, and Owen. He was a brother to Sal Villegas and sister-in-law, Josie of Orange Cove, Calif., Carmen Garrett of Alameda, Calif., Lupe Fernandez and brother-in-law Chuco of Lindsay. He also leaves many friends.

Manuel loved life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. In his younger years, he loved fishing, hunting and racing Midget cars. Later in life, he enjoyed working with his tools, helping people, coin collecting, and was always ready for a "good" argument.

A service was held to honor and say good bye to our loved one on Sept. 16 at Epiphany Lutheran Church.

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