Manuel (Bo) Bautista passed away from kidney failure on January 14th at 6:50 p.m. He was 83 years old. Manuel was born on January 21, 1938 in Glendale, AZ. His parents were Manuel Celaya and Mary Cota. He was adopted at an early age by George and Nellie Bautista, and then lived in the Salinas, CA area. At the time of his death, Manuel was residing in the Heritage Home nursing facility in Pana, IL. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Celaya and Rudy Celaya; and sisters Dolores Diaz, Lupe Silva and Fina Edria.
After high school, Manuel served 4 years in the U.S. Navy. Later in life he worked many years as a floor installer while living in California. Manuel enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, fishing, hiking, dancing and watching sports.
Manuel is survived by his wife, Sharon Bautista (Griffiths) from Taylorville, IL. He is also survived by two daughters, Joanne Schwinghammer, Valley Springs, CA and Angela Wehrman, Livermore, CA. His step children are Donna Shay, Oakland, CA and Randy Potts, Taylorville, IL. His surviving grandchildren are Sarah Settlemoir, Ryan Schwinghammer, Jacob Moen, Isabella Moen and Josh Sellers. Cherished great grandchildren are, Perry and Lilly Settlemoir. Surviving siblings are Ray Celaya, Rose Celaya, Regina Celaya, Roy Celaya, Jim Lopez, Louie Silva, Frances Lindsey, Chris Ceja and also many nieces and nephews.
Manuel’s remains will be buried in the San Joaquin National Veterans Cemetery on March 18 at 2:30 p.m. He will be missed, but not forgotten by all who knew him.