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RODRIGUEZ, Manuel

Manuel Rodriguez, 79, a resident of Irving since 1967, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born June 16, 1939 in Angus to his father, Juan Rodriguez and mother, Manuela Gonzalez.
Manuel married the love of his life, Berta Martinez on Sept. 19, 1965 in Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1957. Manuel was a proud veteran, serving two terms in Vietnam and was a part of three branches including the United States Marine Corps, United States Army and the United States Air Force. He graduated from University of Texas at Arlington in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Degree and was an avid Texas Longhorn fan, being a season ticket holder since 1986 with his wife, Berta, brother Juan and sister-in-law Janie.
He loved being involved in all of his children and grandchildren's activities. He loved his family and his family loved him. He was a good man, an honorable man and an amazing role model for everyone who knew him. He will be missed.
Manuel loved traveling with Berta and gong to German Polka Festivals. He enjoyed dancing and listening to all the “50s' oldies.”
Manuel leaves behind his wife of almost 53 years, Berta Rodriguez; sons, Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. and wife, Deidra and Antonio 'Tony' Rodriguez and wife, Kathy; daughter, Cecilia Cook and husband Sam; siblings, Janie Flores and husband Frank, Wallie Hairod and husband Verby, Juan Rodriguez and wife Janie and Ralph Gonzalez, Jr.; grandchildren, Marcus Rodriguez, Courtney Miller, Antonio 'TJ” Rodriguez, Rachael Donner, Alec Rodriguez, Isabel Behm, Noah Behm and Aiden Rodriguez along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at Chism-Smith Funeral Home. A Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Leading the Rosary will be his cousin, Lewis Palos, a Deacon at Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana where Manuel Attended church all of his childhood.
Arrangements by Chism-Smith Funeral Home.

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