Manuel C. Biera Jr, 53, passed Saturday, December 31, 2016 alongside his family members, after a brave battle with cancer. Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday, January 3, 2017 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South. Rosary will be at 7:00 PM. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel.
Manuel was born August 2, 1963 in Merkel, Texas. He married Kathy Alvarez on March 15, 1999 and the couple resided in Abilene, and had three children. Manuel spent his younger years working oil rigs, and went on to serve the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Correctional Officer for over 23 years. Known by many as “Coach Manuel”, his passion was baseball. He was a huge New York Yankee fan. He was loved by many and touched a lot of lives, including family, friends, and “brothers in grey”.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Biera; three children, Anthony Z. Biera, Ashely Martinez and Alexis Martinez; His mother, Mary Acuna Biera; and siblings, Patsy Adams, Ricky Biera, Bobby Biera, Chris Biera, David Biera, Amanda Mayo, Adam Biera, Lisa Biera, and Krystal Balvantine.
He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel C. Biera Sr.; and his grandfather, Jose Zacharias Acuna.
Pallbearers for the service will be Bobby Biera, Oscar Alvarez Jr, Elias Moreno, Allan Albright, Donnie Tutt, Joe Rosas. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Bosher, Scott (Scooter) Castro, and John Biera.
The family sends a special thanks to Dr. Baig, who took care of Manuel till he fought to the end.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family through the obituary link at www.elmwoodfuneral.com
Rest in Peace Manual. Lifting all your family up.
Ray & Sherry RogersMerkel, TX
My condolences go out to the family, Manuel was a great and wonderful person. He will truly be missed, we had plans to hangout in San Antonio for a SPURS game after the New Year. I'm so sorry that we were not able to meet my friend. GOD BLESS YOU and RIP
Jorge TagleSan Antonio, TX
Praying that God sends his comfort and peace to the family. Rest in peace Bieara. You will be missed by everyone that knew you.
Mike & Delma CollingsworthHawley, TX
Sorry for your loss Bobby , Rico and family . Love you all like my own family .
Casey MettsBrownwood, TX
You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He was a great man and will be missed. I love you all.
Amy Mayo ShipleyPlano, TX
Our condolences & prayers to all the family
May the love of God give you all peace,comfort and
Understanding throughout this journey in life.
Blessings to all the family
Chito & Lisa AlardinAbilene, TX
To my brother. Thank You.
David & Martha BieraWichita Falls, TX
Gonna miss you brother you were a good man and an amazing father i will truely miss you bro i love you...
Oscar AlvarezArlington, TX
My family extends to you our deepest sympathies.
Robert MorenoSan Leon, TX
My condolences to you and your family. He was a wonderful person and will be missed.I will miss my cousin very much.
Debra E. AcunaOceanside, CA
We will miss our dear friend. When I started at the Robertson Unit B. helped trained me with my duty assignments. He was very strong willed and straight to the point. I love him dearly for being a great friend and mentor to me. May God comfort his family and friends. Love to all of you.....
May GreenHamlin, TX
My heart truly aches for the Biera family. Manuel was a great man and was admired by many. He lived his life to the fullest and I truly believe he left this earth as happy as anyone could have hoped for. Many thoughts and continued prayers from all of your family in grey! He will be truly missed!
Amanda BrutonAbilene, TX