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1410 E Bowman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
Phone: (575) 526-2419
Fax: (575) 526-7944
Manuel Villa

Manuel Villa

June 28, 1935 - December 28, 2020
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It is with deep sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Manuel Ruiz Villa, age 85, of Las Cruces on Monday, December 28, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. He was born on June 28, 1935 in Clovis, New Mexico to Jesus and Natividad Ruiz Villa.

Those left to mourn his passing are his wife of 63 years, Merced R. Villa. He was a devoted and loving father to Gerald Villa, Gabriel Villa, Graciela Gabaldon (Stephen), Geraldine Villa Fountain, Christopher Villa (Terri) and Elizabeth Eres (Robert). He was also the best grandpa and great grandpa to Fatima Jimenez, Angelic Villa, Steven Gabaldon (Sarah), Joey Gabaldon (Leslie), James (Cesia), Chris, Jeffrey Otero, Anna Larkin (Jonathan), Sean Fountain, Daniel Eres, Tony Eres, Elian Morales, Christopher, Jonathan, Jacob, Natalie & Naomi Villa and great grandchildren Jonathan, Philipe, Abby, Sophia, Willow, Ian, and Vincent. Other survivors include brothers: George (Lucy), Jerry (Belma), Pete (Debbie), Sammy (Elva); sisters: Elisa V. Quintela, Eleanor Liu, Nicky Chacon (Frank), Margaret Dutton, Mary Helen Matta (Louie), Dorothy Perez (Freddy) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, sister Estella Cordova, and brothers-in-law Carlos Cordova, Raymond Quintela and Yung Liu.

Manuel served in the New Mexico National Guard as the full time Unit Mechanic for 34 years where he received many commendations and awards. After retiring in 1995, he worked as a security officer for the Physical Science Laboratory on the campus of NMSU. He also volunteered his time as a security officer at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Manuel was a faithful and devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church and his Christian faith was very important to him. He served as a catechism teacher at St. Genevieve Church for many years and he was a charter member of the St. Genevieve Knights of Columbus Council 13969.

Serving as pallbearers will be James Otero, Jeffrey Otero, Daniel Eres, Steven Gabaldon, Jonathan Villa and Christopher Villa. Honorary pallbearers are Sean Fountain, Tony Eres, Anna Larkin and Natalie Villa.

Manuel’s life will be celebrated with a funeral liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1240 S. Espina, on January 15, 2021 with Rosary at 10:00 am and funeral Mass to follow immediately thereafter. Manuel will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A livestream will be available at Due to Covid-19 restrictions, capacity of attendees will be limited to family members and everyone is asked to please wear a mask. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Manuel R. Villa. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Getz Funeral Home.

“We think about you always, we talk about you still. You have never been forgotten and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain. To walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again.” Author unknown.

Manuel Villa, you are truly loved and will be dearly missed.
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  • Rosary Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 15, 2021 10:00am
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    1240 S. Espina
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
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  • Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday, January 15, 2021 10:30am
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    1240 S. Espina
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, January 15, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Friday, January 15, 2021 12:00pm
    Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
    5140 W. Picacho Ave.
    Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
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Chris Villa

Posted at 11:31am
I remember so many times Dad would come into the living room after coming home from work and grabbing my nose. Wow did that ever hurt. He would laugh while I was in pain. I now on rare occasions grab my kids noses and do the same although I don't think I squeeze as hard. I also remember when he was my baseball coach in Roswell and we were the Roswell Insurors. I think Gabe was the assistant coach. I miss my dad so much but I know that he is feeling much better and he is telling us right now, "Oh get over it!" I love you dad and I truly miss you a lot. Watch over us and help guide us in the right direction. Thank you God for giving us such a wonderful man for our father.

Graciela Gabaldon Posted at 10:50pm

Beautiful memory, Chris.

Grace Gabaldon

Posted at 10:29pm
I am the daughter who used to gnaw on Dad's ears when I was less than a year old. I will always remember his laughter and his jokes. One night in Roswell while we were playing in the bedroom, Dad scared us as he pressed his face outside the bedroom window. I remember family day trips to visit him at summer camps and the treats he would bring us. Dad cared enough to be waiting for me to return from late night dates. Even though he worked full-time with the Guard, he still managed to find time to attend our band concerts, family events, church, and teach catechism along with Mom. As a band parent, Dad chased away my future husband from the band area for delivering sodas to friends. You can imagine the surprised look my date had on his face when Dad opened the door to greet him. It has been heart-wrenching watching my dad's health deteriorate in the last few years. I truly believe that he is in a good place now and that we will meet again. Thank you, God, for my father Manuel.

Gabriel Villa

Posted at 06:08pm
There is a few things I would remember about my dad. When we were in Roswell and we were in baseball my dad wad always there for us especially when practicing catching fly balls in the outfield. He would hit the balls to us and man can he hit those balls high into the air. I can also remember the Christmas gatherings at the house with all the kids and grandkids. I can also remember the time when he and my mom would take care of the grandchildren, I am attaching a video of my dad with Elian.

Grace Gabaldon Posted at 10:52pm

Brother, those are good memories. I seem to remember dad coaching a baseball team for one or two seasons. Dad and Mom were always there for the grandchildren.

Emma Madrid

Posted at 02:05am
It was an honor and a privilege to have known Manuel Villa. He was an exceptional man of God. My favorite memory will always be Christmas Eve with the Villas'. Manuel would always be the santa claus for all of his beloved family. Everyone would head to the living room as soon as Manuel gave the word, including myself. He would start handing out gifts that were piled high under the Christmas tree to each and everyone of his family members, including me. What a special night. When dinner was ready, he would say, come and eat everybody. Tony will lead. Tony was always first to serve himself. He made Tony feel really important as he did ALL his grandkids. It won't be the same without him. Manuel thank you for making me a part of your family. I love you "Compadre". Until we see each other again, I will say farewell. May you be in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Grace Gabaldon Posted at 10:48pm

Thank you, Emma, for your kind words. You will always be a part of this family.

Pat Chacon

Posted at 08:27pm
My condolences to all who knew him. He always treated me and my family with respect and he always wore a smile. He will be missed. 💐💒


Grace Gabaldon Posted at 10:55pm

Thank you, Pat. He was always very fond of his nieces and nephews.

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