Manuel “Manny” Lourenco was born Nov. 9, 1926, in New Bedford, Massachusetts and died April 30, 2017 in Rio Rancho. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Juanita Lourenco and his children, Judith Nakamura and Cathryn Campbell of Albuquerque, Dawn Nakamura-Kessler of Colorado, Steven and Marlene Nakamura of Corrales, and Denise Jacobs of Hawaii; grandchildren, Rachel, Nicole, and Stevie Ray Nakamura of Corrales, David Kessler of Rhode Island, and Sam Bevans of Hawaii. Manny was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Maria Lourenco, his son Tommy Lourenco, his son-in law Randy Kessler, and his granddaughter Tiffany Bevans. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Manny served aboard the U.S.S. Missouri and witnessed the Peace Treaty with Japan being signed on Sept. 2, 1945. A decorated veteran, he served proudly with the U.S. Marines and Navy. He had a long career as an electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He and his family moved from New York to Rio Rancho in 1972. He made many friends through his involvement with Life Church in Rio Rancho, his love of travel, and fishing. A memorial service will be held May 4 at 1 p.m. at Life Church in Rio Rancho, at 4401 Northern Blvd NE.
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