Kenai resident Manuel S. Figueiredo died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at his home. He was 75.
A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Moose Family Center in Kenai.
Mr. Figueiredo was born July 12, 1931 in Hanford, Calif. to Jessie and John Figueiredo. He graduated high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 19. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged Aug. 5, 1954. After his discharge, he returned to California and prospered in his father’s business as a blacksmith. He moved on to owning his own restaurants.
Mr. Figueiredo moved to Alaska in the mid-1960s to work on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. At the pipeline’s completion, he worked for oil companies as an accomplished pipefitter of the old school. He went on to have two children, Manuel A. and Alisha Figueiredo.
Mr. Figueiredo was a member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Family Center for most of his residence in Alaska. He also enjoyed creative metal art and community programs. His artwork still stands at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center today as the “Pipes of the Alaska Pipeline.”
“He was a father to his children and a grandfather to their children. He was also a friend, brother and person who would help you if you needed it. He was bighearted and touched many lives. He is dearly loved by his family and will be missed by his friends and many other people whose lives he touched,” his family said.
Mr. Figueiredo was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his daughter, Alisha Jean Figueiredo; son, Manuel Anthony Figueiredo; sisters, Dianna and Annie Figueiredo; brother, John Figueiredo; two grandchildren; and his many friends.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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