Manuel Andres Otero, 92, a pioneer resident of San Antonio, NM, passed away peacefully, in the arms of his loving family on Monday, August 27, 2018. He was born to Santiago Otero and Gomecinda Archiqeque on November 10, 1925.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lucy Otero; two sons, Michael Griego and wife Elizabeth of Eugene, OR and Paul Richard Griego of Las Vegas, NM; four daughters: Doris Montoya and husband Max of Las Vegas, NM, Cathie Havlina and husband John of Savanah, GA, Joyce Griego of Las Vegas, NM and Chrisssie Otero of Edgewood, NM; all his grandchildren. nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many friends.
Manuel was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in February 0f 1946. He was united in marriage to Lucy J. Sanchez on December 9, 1972 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. He was shop foreman for the New Mexico State Highway Department from which he retired after 30 years. He kept busy on his tractor, gardening, with his chickens and cows, and even had his own dairy for some time in his younger days. He liked to play baseball and horseshoes, and also liked to relax with a good football or baseball game. He was always ready to help anyone never expected anything in return.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in St. Frances Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations 2315 Hot Springs Blvd for 1:00 pm until 4:00 p.m. Services will be held on Friday, August 31, 2018 from Our Lady of Sorrows Church with a rosary at 9:00 a.m. followed by military honors. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow t 10:00 a.m. Father Rob Yaksich will celebrate the Mass. Serving as casket bearers will be Mark Flores, Aaron Smith, Joseph Rudy Sena, Charles Otero Jr., Jacob Gonzales, and Archie Archibeque Honorary bearers will be Ken Griego, Karl Sanchez, Carlos Griego, Bobby Lujan, Andrez Gonzales, and Adrian Tafoya. The enrichment of his cremains will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:15 am with military honors in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfunerals.com. Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project if desired at P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675-8517, Phone # 877-832-6997.