Manuel Aguilar Esquivel Sr., 89, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 with his family by his side. He was born on June 19, 1920 in Brownsville to Encarnacion Almaraz and Elvira Aguilar Almaraz.

Manuel was an employee of the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, a member of Solid Rock Church and a longtime resident of Corpus Christi.

He was a World War II Veteran and an Ex P.O.W. having served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his children, Rosie Faragoza of Corpus Christi, Manuel Esquivel Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Diana Esquivel of Corpus Christi; one sister, Elodia Perez of Brownsville; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

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