Manuel Ojeda Reyes, 82, of Hamlin, Texas, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Abilene.
Manuel was born on September 25, 1938 in Jimenez, Coahuila Mexico to the late Estacio and Virginia (Ojeda) Reyes. He would later meet his wife Rosantina Constancia and would marry on May 5, 1960 in Jimenez and made a home in Texas in 1961.
Manuel was a hard worker and labored for the majority of his life. He was an avid welder and fabricator. In his more mature years, harvesting with his John Deer tractors and cattle drives across Texas became Manuel’s vocation that secured him the title as a rancher. His hands were constantly at work, whether it was required for the day’s tasks or simply his own pet project. He was easily identified by his tools, pearl snap and cowboy hat.
If he wasn’t working, you could often find him hunting or fishing with the kids or any friend that had the day off. He loved spending his day outdoors enjoying his fishing boat, tending to livestock or grilling. Manuel was a true cowboy at heart.
Manuel was the definition of good company. His greatest pastime was spending time with his family and friends. After retirement, his mornings became filled with coffee talks in fellowship with his friends. To know him, was to love him.
Manuel is survived by his wife, Rosantina of Hamlin; his children Alicia Reyes-Gomez, Virginia Reyes-Watson, and Rosemary Reyes; one sister, Maria Ester Talamantez of Comanche; one brother, Estacio Reyes, Jr. of Comanche; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
The family of Manuel Reyes wishes to extend our sincere thanks to friends and family who keep his memory alive.