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Henry Guzman
World War II Veteran
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Henry Guzman, 81, went to be with our Heavenly Father on April 20, 2009. He was born May 31, 1927 in Stockton to the late Bernardino and Maria Guzman. He worked at Libby Owens Ford in Lathrop for over 23 years before retiring in 1989. Mr. Guzman leaves behind his loving wife of over 51 years, Mercedes T. Guzman. His three wonderful children; Mark Guzman and wife Shirley, Ronald Guzman and wife Belinda, and Michael Guzman. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren; Alyssa, Allen, Jennifer, Nichole, Kristina, Monika, Alexandra and Harley. He is also survived by his siblings; Tony Guzman and wife Lila, Ben Guzman, Jr., Anita Flores and Beatrice Ciramilla.

Henry joined the U.S. Army in late 1945 and was later assigned to company G. 505th parachute infantry regiment, 82nd airborne division, Fort Bragg, NC. During his military service he took on many adventures, traveling to Germany and France, and proudly serving his country during World War II.

In December of 1957 he married the love of his life, Mercedes Payan. Together they shared a journey through life, living in Stockton for the first 10 years, then moving to Manteca in 1968, forever calling it home. Henry cherished his family beyond words, always looking forward to family gatherings. He was a warm and caring man, upon talking to him you’d often hear about his grandchildren whom he treasured, and about his friends at work. He often referred to his dear friends at L.O.F. as his “second family”.  He enjoyed tending to his yard, wood working, and cheering for his favorite sports teams, the Pittsburg Steelers & L.A. Dodgers. Henry was an amazing man, who touched many lives; he will forever be loved and missed by all that knew him.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. Mass will follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 525 East North Street, Manteca. Final resting place will be at St. Johns Catholic Cemetery, 17871 South Carrolton Road, Escalon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 , Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, in support of his granddaughter Alexandra.

Arrangements are under the direction of P.L. Fry& Son Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Monday, April 27, 2009