Manuel Everaldo Lopez, born on April 17, 1957, in the windy city of Chicago, bid his final farewell on August 29, 2023, in Virginia. At the age of 66, Manuel left behind a legacy of joy, laughter, and the occasional mischievous grin.
Manuel, or Manny as he was fondly called by his loved ones, began his journey after high school when he took the plunge into matrimony. Not long after, with his son Reinaldo just three months old, he made the courageous decision to join the military. The unpredictable winds of fate swept Manuel and his growing family to Los Angeles before settling them in the charming state of Virginia.
With an impressive 20-year career in the US Navy, Manuel dedicated his time and energy to serving his country. As a retired US Navy veteran, he carried with him memories that few could comprehend. His commitment, bravery, and unwavering loyalty have left an indelible mark on those who served alongside him.
While not defending the nation, Manuel found solace in the little things that brought him joy. He immensely enjoyed engaging in heartfelt conversations with his family, cherishing their connections above all else. As a true Chicagoan, he passionately rooted for every Chicago sports team, never missing a game if he could help it. Spanish music flowed through his veins, filling his heart with rhythm and emotion. And when the stresses of life piled up, he found quiet relaxation in the embrace of a carefully selected cigar. Tinkering in his garage and cruising in his prized navy blue Cadillac were just a few more of his beloved pastimes.
Even though Manuel did not seek fame or acclaim, his impact on those around him was immeasurable. He leaves behind his devoted son, Reinaldo Lopez, along with countless relatives and friends who will forever cherish his memory.
To honor and celebrate his life, a memorial and reception will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5033 Rouse Drive on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Inurnment will be at 1:00pm at Albert G Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery, where Manuel will be surrounded by fellow comrades-in-arms.
In the grand tapestry of life, Manny will be remembered as a man who loved fiercely, lived passionately, and found joy in the simplest moments. His presence brought laughter to every room he entered, and his absence will be felt deeply. As we mourn the loss of a truly remarkable man, let us also rejoice in the memories that will forever live on in our hearts.
Rest in peace, Manuel Everaldo Lopez.