Beloved husband, father, brother, and grandfather, Manuel Nicasio, a Vietnam Veteran from New Mexico, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the age of 71, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Manuel was born on December 13, 1947 to parents Candido and Lucy Nicasio. He was one of six children.
Manuel graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1966. He was a U.S. Marine and served in the Vietnam War with Mike Co; 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine. He was wounded in combat on May 7, 1967 and received a Purple Heart.
He was a member of the Military Order of Purple Heart Chapter 1966, a member of the American Legion Post 49 from 2001 - 2019, a life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 641, a member of Our Guadalupe Church of Peralta, New Mexico, and was employed with United States Post Office for 30 years.
After he returned from Vietnam he married the love of his life, Monica. Manuel's pride and joy was his family. He and his wife loved traveling to small towns to shop for antiques. He spent many summers on family vacations from Colorado to California with his daughters and their families. He gave his grandchildren so many memories to cherish. His grandchildren were his happiness and no matter where they were or what they were doing he was their greatest supporter. He never missed a birthday, event, or game. He was always on the sidelines. He gave them advice, cheered them on and hugged them when they needed it. He taught us all so much. He was our hero.
Manuel loved fishing, hunting, wood work, and football. He enjoyed life and treasured his time with the people that he loved.
Manuel pushed through his life’s challenges with amazing strength and courage. He defied the odds. He had a strong relationship with the Lord and believed he was with him all the way. Manuel’s kindness and generosity was a gift to all of the lives he touched. He put others needs before his own. His gentle love and smile will forever be in our hearts.
Manuel asked that we tell his family and friends that he is with them in their hearts and he loved them and the people in his life were what gave him the most joy.
These few words will never be enough to summarize who this incredible man was.
He will be deeply missed by so many.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 50 years, Monica, his daughters; Stephanie Ortiz and husband Don, Angela Aragon and husband Adam, his wonderful grandchildren; Michael Ortiz, Alexandra Ortiz, Dominic Aragon, David Aragon, Nickole Aragon. Also Vallie Martinez and husband Ramon, and their chidlren; Mariana and Ramon, sister Frances Ethridge, brothers; Peter Nicasio and wife Lucille, Candido (Junior) Nicasio and wife Josie, Bob and Lucille Dubois, Danny and Lucille Garcia, Steve and Theresa Roberts, Abel and Melinda Garcia, his loving nieces, nephews, and godchildren, the Manny 5, the 6 pack, and many other family and friends who were dear to him.
Manuel’s Life Celebration will begin with a Rosary to be recited on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:30am at Our Lady of Guadalupe located at 1860 Griegos Rd NW, 87107. Mass will begin at 11:00 am.
Pallbearers will be Michael Ortiz, Dominic Aragon, David Aragon, and Alexandra Ortiz.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Nickole Aragon, Mariana Martinez, and Ramon Martinez.
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