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Manuel Tovar

January 5, 1931 - July 16, 2021

Manuel  TovarManuel  TovarManuel Tovar died Friday, July 16 at the age of 90 in Keizer, Oregon. Manuel was born in Waterloo, Iowa on January 5, 1931, the son of Juan and Feliza (Zuniga) Tovar.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 13, 1951 and served in the Korean War.
He married Deborah McDaniel in Yuma, Arizona on November 2, 1957 and raised six children.
The family resided in California, Oregon, Iowa, eventually settling in Salem, Oregon.
Manuel was employed by AT&T/US West/Pacific Northwest Bell and retired in 1999 after 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, his dogs and working in his yard. Manuel’s children and grandchildren were his pride and joy and they surrounded him in his final hours.
He is preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife, Deborah; son, Manuel Tovar Jr.; five brothers, Pedro, Jesse, Francis, Mike, and Patrick Tovar.
Manuel is survived by five children and spouses, Michael Tovar, Debra Kramer, Timothy (Nancy) Tovar, Janet (Kelley) Hamilton, Richard (Angela) Tovar; grandchildren, Christopher Tovar, Erika Kramer, Holly Kramer, Alexander Tovar, Lauren Tovar, Amber Tovar, Joshua (Emma) Hamilton, Jordan Hamilton; great grandson, Bentley Sevier; four siblings, Bernadine “Banner” Duenas, Mary Coughron, and Daniel Tovar of Waterloo, Iowa, John (Betty) Tovar Jr. of Cedar Falls, Iowa and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 20th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.  Graveside services with military honors will be held 2:00PM Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem, OR.  Donations to St. Edward Catholic Church  will be appreciated. 


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So grateful to be his daughter. He was a great, caring, loving wonderful dad. His sense of humor is what I will miss most. Love you papa

I am proud to be your son and will miss you terribly.  I think you would be surprised at how much you will be missed.  Rest in peace Dad.

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was such a sweet man and was a wonderful gardener, his back yard was so beautiful!  I am thankful that I met him and that he gave me my best friend Debra!  Love and prayers to your whole family. 

We send our sympathy and condolences to Manuel’s family and friends. His service to his country and commitment to his family indicates a life well-lived. May sweet memories outweigh deep sorrow during this difficult time. 

So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very sweet man and I know you all will miss him dearly. It’s with a heavy heart to know you are on your own to carry on the family traditions. Be happy and be kind to each other in his memory.

Our prayers and condelences to the Tovar family on your loss.

I am sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I can't be there during this difficult time but my prayers are with you. He was definitely a great man

He was an amazing man that raised an even more amazing family. My deepest Love and condolences. 

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Manuel. I remember him as a very kind man and it is clear he had many blessings including a beautiful and loving family, which he deserves. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. 

My condolences to the Tovar family

I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  My prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

We are so sorry for your loss, and hope you find comfort in your family. His memory is always there.

No doubt he is looking down from heaven, smiling with pride for his children, grandchildren and great grandson.  Sympathy to all who grieve his death.   Yours is the pain of his absence, his is the joy of God's presence.