Manuel Garcia Jr., 68, of Cottage Hills, passed away peacefully at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at home with his family by his side.
He was born in East St. Louis on Feb. 15, 1947, the son of the late Manuel Sr. and Stella (Rojas) Garcia Sr.
On July 8, 1967, he married Linda Harrell in East St. Louis.
He was a furnace operator at Olin for 42 years. He enjoyed camping and fishing, and loved his wife, daughter and grandchildren, always bringing a smile to everyone’s face with his infectious laugh.
He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Tammy and Todd Kruse of Moro; three grandchildren, Taylor, Torrie, and Tess Kruse; four nieces and nephews, Sonya and Ray Edwards, Kim and Luke Lenhardt, David Garcia and Stevie Garcia; one brother-in-law, Mike and Dorothy Harrell; special friends, Steve and Karen Massiero, David and Susie Price, a little buddy Addie; and many other friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David Garcia.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto, with Pastor Lori Schafer officiating.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.