Manuel Jose Guzman

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Manuel Jose Guzman, a dedicated and accomplished individual, passed away on November 2, 2023. Born to Carlos and Ramona Guzman, Manuel lived a fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of love and service.

Memorial Service: 2pm Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco, Texas

Manuel began his journey in the United States Army in January of 1977. Throughout his military career, he showcased his exceptional skills and commitment. He served as a commo guy before embarking on a new adventure in flight school, eventually becoming a skilled helicopter test pilot. Manuel’s dedication to his country was unwavering, and he retired from the Army in July of 1997.

Following his military service, Manuel joined BNSF RAILROAD in 1997 as a signalman. He continued to excel in his work, showcasing his expertise and earning the respect of his colleagues. Manuel dedicated over two decades to the railroad industry before retiring in May of 2020.

Manuel was a cherished husband to his loving wife, Candice, who was the love of his life. Manuel leaves behind his children Jessica and her husband Robert, Melissa and her wife Liz, Rosanna, Carley, and Caylynn. Manuel was also blessed with his twin babies, Caroline and Carlos, who brought immense joy to his life. He also had three grandsons and one adoring granddaughter.

In addition to his immediate family, Manuel is survived by his brothers Carlos and Ramon Guzman, as well as his sisters Carmen and Terri. He was predeceased by his parents Carlos and Ramona sisters Beatrice and Delores, who undoubtedly welcomed him with open arms in the afterlife.

Manuel will be remembered for his unwavering dedication, genuine kindness, and infectious laughter. He was a pillar of strength and a source of inspiration to all who knew him. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Caroline and Carlos Guzman scholarship fund in Manuel’s honor. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Please see the link below.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Amelia Molly Melendez


  2. He was my good friend we played baseball together work together and party together he will be missed

  3. Josie Gonzalez Delgadillo

    Receive my most respectful condolences. I wasn’t a friend of Manuel but I do know he was very respected and a very good friend to many in our high school years. May the lord gave him in his good hands. May the lord give you and your family much strength to cope in these times of grieving.
    “CLASS of 1974” Save a space for us and until we meet again 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💕🐞

  4. To his wife and family, my condolences . You know what a treasure he was in his life. Such a gentle man and so glad to have shared experiences with him in our Class of 74.

  5. Josie Gonzalez Delgadillo

    Please receive my most respectful sincere condolences. May the lord give you and all your family much peace and strength through out this time of grieving. Rest In Peace Manuel 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🐞

  6. Gabriela Boyd Crews

    Words cannot describe the loss of a childhood friend. Manny was a great leader and a faithful friend. He grew up among a strong group of true friends and loving classmates. He will be missed, and always in my heart. To his family I send my deepest sympathies and prayers. Gabby Boyd Crews.

  7. Trina Sullivan and Family

    To the family;
    My sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. He sounds like an amazing man who leaves behind a great legacy. May God bring you comfort during this time.
    The Sullivan Family

  8. Veronica Garcia Ballard

    Rest in peace Manuel. May God bless your wife and children and comfort them during such a difficult time. Condolences to the Guzman family, Manuel’s brothers Carlos, Ramon and sisters Carmen and Terri and their children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Xoxo

  9. Georgia and Jim Weaver

    Our hearts are broken and we are all in shock and sadness. He was a wonderful son-in-law, a husband to my daughter that he loved very much. A dad to Carley and Caylynn and Caroline and Carlos. A sweet and gentle Pa to to his grand daughter Logan Manuel loved his children. Rest now Manuel and God bless you we will all see you again some day 🙏🏻 Love you Nanny and Papa 💔

  10. Our condolences to Manuel’s wife and family. May our
    Lord give you strength to endure such a big loss. I had known Manuel since first grade. We were a tight group
    of kids. God bless the whole Guzman family. Praying!!

    Mario n Margie Limas

  11. Our condolences to a childhood friend’s wife and family. We were friends since 1st grade. We were and still are a tight group of Classmates. May our Lord bless his family and give them strength to endure such a loss. God bless the Guzman family.

  12. Lorenzo (Lencho) and Martha Salinas

    My deepest condolences to you, Candice, and your family. Martha and I pray to God that he provide you with strength and peace knowing that Manuel is in a better place. Thank you for reaching out to my wife a few years back making it possible for us to meet for lunch in Waco. I had not seen him since high school. God Bless you all!

  13. This goes out to one of the strongest and to me to one of he most invincible men I know.. MY UNCLE Manuel Guzman this man has been my strength , my shoulder and one man whose opinion mattered.. He taught me how to drive.. He will be remembered and with a laugh all about McDonald’s toys! I TRULY WILL MISS YOU! With ALL of my love Beatrice Riojas

  14. my condolences to the Guzman family. i knew him when he was a youngster may he rest in peace
    Gilbert Hill

  15. Dean Chancellor "Dino"

    Mr.G …I just saw this and am truly sorry. I am so very grateful to have had the priveledge of flying with you back at Ft.Hood…you were always kind and funny…I will always remember flying the Brazos river and listening to “you are so beautiful” Joe Cocker …everytime since then that song takes me to that spot in time ….Love you Manny …

  16. Mike St.Hilaire

    Manny we had great times while flying at Hood with the 5/17th cav. You were always a funny guy and helped us all out with anything. Your laugh brought smiles to everyone you knew. You have always been thought of and will be missed dearly. Fly high buddy till we meet again. Say hello to CHIP and AUGGIE for us. rest well my friend.
    Mike St.Hilaire

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