Manuel G Bara passed away on Wednesday, January 31st at the age of 80. Manuel was born on November 10, 1937 to Fernando and Melessia Bara in San Angelo, TX. On August 26th 1959, he married his loving wife Emma Lee and spent 37 years together until her passing. Together they had two children Debby and Manuel Mario. He later met and married his wonderful wife of 15 years, Liudmila Vinogradova.
Manuel, a heart transplant survivor, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for several years. He was also a salesman for Gunter’s Wholesale and then went on and found his true passion in life as an electrician. Manuel worked and retired from Three Rivers Electric after 33 years of service, but also did contract work for many well-known businesses in and around San Angelo. He loved going gambling, especially on the craps tables in Laughlin, Las Vegas, and Shreveport.
He is preceded in death by his wife Emma Lee, parents, Fernando and Melessia, and siblings Ruben Bara and Anita Fernandez. He is survived by his wife, Liudmila, daughter Debby Haechten & husband JD, son Manuel Mario Bara Jr, step-son Richard Kviklis, brother Pete Bara & wife Connie. He was “Popo” to his five grandkids, Claudia Alvarado & husband Jesse, Monica Arocha, Fernando Bara, Mario J Bara & Emily Bara. He also leaves behind five great-grandkids along with nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle.
Pallbearers will be Robert Ybarra Jr., Fernando Bara, Barney Mendez Jr., Roy Abalos, Mario J Bara, and Pete Bara Jr.
Rosary will be held on Monday, February 5th at 7 pm in the Gutierrez Funeral Chapel (1002 N Oakes St). Funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 6th at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will immediately follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Manuel was a kind hearted and well respected man. He was dearly loved and will be missed by family members and friends.