Manuel Flores “Lore” Mendoza, 97, of Amarillo, died Thursday, August 9, 2018. A Rosary Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Jose Gomez officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery.
Manuel was born on June 17, 1921 to Leon and Rosilia Flores Mendoza in Pecos, TX. As a toddler, he moved to Amarillo where he has been a lifelong resident. On July 11, 1942, he answered his country’s call when drafted into the Army. He served as a gun commander for a 12 man 90 mm anti aircraft crew, as part of the 165th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII in New Guinea. He was discharged on December 11, 1945.
After serving in the Army, Manuel returned to Amarillo where he met Patricia Carrasco. They were married on January 22, 1946. They had three children. He worked for the Amarillo Airbase until it closed in 1969. In 1970, he went to work for Pantex until his retirement in 1989. He spent his retirement taking care of his great grandkids, helping his family with projects, and spending time at the Wesley Community Center. He also enjoyed taking trips to nearby casinos.
He was a very independent person and enjoyed a robust life. He drove until the age of 95. He was a resident of the VA Community living center, Veterans retirement home from February 9, 2017 until his death. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of CLC for their care they gave Manuel.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Mendoza and three brothers, Pete Mendoza, Margarito Mendoza, and Patricio Mendoza.
He is survived by his three children, Virginia Abelo and husband Abie of Fremont, CA., Porfirio Mendoza and wife San Juana of Amarillo, and Lydia Mendoza of Amarillo; a sister, Felipe Combs of California; a brother, Leon Mendoza of Amarillo; six grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren.