Manuel L. Salas
June 4, 1941 – January 2, 2018
Manuel L. Salas, “Profe”, “Indio”, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the age of 76 in his South Side Milwaukee home of natural causes. Mr. Salas was proceeded in death by his parents Manuel and Argentina Salas, his siblings Carlos and Rodolfo, and his former spouse Sharon Bean. He is survived by his son Benjamin, Benjamin’s spouse Kolette, and their children Alexander and Sarissa. Mr. Salas is further survived by his brothers Jesus, Francisco, and Luis; 21 nephews and nieces; his beloved companion Elizabeth Bender; additional relatives including his dear friend Joanne Salas; and his many friends within the community.
Manuel was born in Crystal City Texas – Coahuila, the grandson of Maria Lopez (Monclava, Coahuila) and Teofilo Salas (Nueva Rosita, Coahuil); and Rita Barrientos and Rodolfo Rodriguez (Eagle Paz). At the age of eleven he left Texas along with his family to join the migrant worker stream into the Midwest. He graduated from grade school in Henry, IL in 1955; high school in Wautoma, WI in 1959; and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1964.
Manuel served honorably in the US Army from 1965-1967 at Ft. Sherman (USARSO). After the military, he went on to work with Obreros Unidos in Wisconsin, the United Farm Workers in Texas, and the late Cesar Chavez. Permanently settling in Milwaukee, Manuel took a position teaching social studies at Chicano/Boricua alternative High School, before becoming employed by Milwaukee Public Library System and the Water Works Department. Manuel participated in local politics throughout his life and represented Wisconsin as a Delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention. A voracious reader, Manuel was never see without a book in hand, often reading more than one at a time.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Honorary pallbearers include close friends and loved ones: Pablo Aguillon, Arturo Cuevas, Tom Happerstat, Jose Tio Silvestre, Ezequiel Guzman, Felipe Carrillo, David Giffey, Jake Schrinsky, Karen Gielow, Michael Blust, Jorge Vasquez, William Echevarria, Efrain Cuevas, and Tobe Leynez.
Special thanks to the late Art Hall and his family of Henry, IL; and to Brian Carlson and Dr. Tae Yoon at the Clement J. Zablocki V.A. Medical Center.
“Bueno Raza, nos vermos en el otro lado”
Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 9th from 4 to 8pm at the Witkowiak Funeral Home.
On Wednesday January 10 there will be a visitation from 9 to 11:30am. Followed by procession to Forest Home Cemetery.