Manuel was born April 8, 1987, in Klamath Falls, Ore. to Manuel Garcia and Brenda Schill. His parents separated at an early age and Manuel moved to Madras with his father. He lived there until moving to Grants Pass when he was 11 years old. He attended Junior High and High School in Grants Pass. While in high school he participated in football. Manuel also began taking Tae Kwon Do and earned his black belt when he was a junior in high school. From 8th to 10th grade he volunteered with an after school program in Grants Pass where he would teach the children spanish and how to play soccer. Following graduation, Manuel attended one term of college before following in his family's footsteps and enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served from January 23, 2006 until being killed in action on July 1, 2007.
Manuel loved to help children. He had wanted to be an elementary teacher after his military service. When he deployed to Iraq, he told his family that he going for "the honor and protection of my country and my family." After serving in Iraq, he changed his reason to "the honor and protection of my country, my family and the children here."
He also loved Tae Kwon Do and had become very intrigued by Japanese culture. Manuel was very proud of his own Mexican roots and had traveled to Mexico on several different occasions.
Survivors include his father, Manuel Garcia of Grants Pass; his mother, Brenda Ochoa of Chiloquin; his brother, Esteban Garcia-Schill of Grants Pass; his sister, Sandra Garcia-Schill of Chiloquin; his step-brother, Joey Ochoa of Chiloquin; and step sister, Victoria of Chiloquin; grandmothers, Ies Garcia-Placsencia of Mexico and Pamela Speaker of Klamath Falls; grandfather, Richard Schill and his wife, Bev of Klamath Falls; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Adrian Garcia and great-grandparents, Ron and Maxine Schill and Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez.Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 29119 Phoenix, AZ 85038-9119.
A celebration of Manuel's life, with full military honors, will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Eternal Hills Chapel. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills. Visitation will be held at Eternal Hills Funeral Home from 8:00 a.m., Friday, July 13 to 8:00 a.m., Sunday, July 15, around the clock. A memorial mass will be offered for Manuel at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Patriot Guard Riders will be providing a Flagline for the Burial Service at Eternal Hills in Klamath Falls, on Sunday morning, July 15.
Eternal Hills Memorial Garden and Funeral Home, 4711 Highway 39, Klamath Falls.
We will be keeping this Marine and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.