Manuel C. Bustamante
1930 - 2020
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April 17, 1930 November 23, 2020
Manuel C. (Chris) Bustamante passed away on Monday November23, 2020. He is survived by his wife Cecilia R. (Campos) Bustamante with whom he was married to 67 years, his children David A. Bustamante (LaRae Bustamante) of Sacramento, CA, Mark C. Bustamante (Sue Bustamante) of Colorado Springs, CO, James S. Bustamante of San Diego, CA, Manuel C. "Busty" Bustamante (Cheri Bustamante) of Las Vegas, NV and Maria Aldrich (Robert Aldrich) of Loveland, CO, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mercedes Bustamante Sanchez (Nick Sanchez) of Anaheim, CA and Martin Bustamante (Ophelia Bustamante) of Roland Park, KS
He is preceded in death by his son Edward D. Bustamante of San Diego, CA and his brothers Sylvester Bustamante, Joseph Bustamante, Frank Bustamante, Jesse Bustamante and sister Virginia Padilla all of Kansas City, Kansas.
Manuel was born in Kansas City Kansas April 17, 1930. He grew up and worked on the railroad for a few years before joining the Army. He was active duty during the Korean War. After 27 years of military service Manuel retired from the Army as a Sargent Major. He worked for 8 years for the US Postal Service as a maintenance technician before retiring. Along the way he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Gerontology from the University of Colorado Pueblo.
Manuel resided in Colorado Springs for the last 42 years. He enjoyed watching auto racing, camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed tinkering the garage, making things and singing along with his favorite Mariachi music.
He will be sorely missed. Due to Covid-19 restrictions he will be cremated. There will be no viewing or service at this time. The family hopes to hold a celebration of life sometime in the future.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or any Veterans support group of your choice in his memory.

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Published in The Gazette on Nov. 29, 2020.
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November 29, 2020
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for SGM Bustamante's 27 years of distinguished service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO
Steve Young
November 29, 2020
On behalf of TREA, the enlisted Association, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences. May you feel the Lord's loving hands surrounding you to give you Strength and comfort.
Rev Bob Kwiatkowski
November 29, 2020
A great American and father. Took us all over the world. Was strict but fair. Introduced me to cars, bikes, let learn auto repair on his cars, took me to Indy in 1977 as a graduation present, taught m how to camp and a love for the shooting sports and photography. Was my closest confidant and will be missed. Rest In Peace Opa
Manuel Carlos Bustamante
November 29, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful father. We all learned so much from you growing up. So many memories to choose from. We will love you and miss you always.
Maria Aldrich
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