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Manuel Martin “Manny” Delgado, age 84, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2022 in Moscow Mills, MO. Born in Laredo, TX on December 27, 1937 to the late Elodia and Manuel Delgado, he was the eldest of siblings Alicia (and the late Clifford) Schlereth, Maria (and the late John) Himmelmann, Roger (Becky) Delgado, Robert (Sue) Delgado and the late Michael “Mickey” Delgado.

Manny served in the United States Marine Corp before joining the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 1961. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant before retiring in 1992 and was an admired mentor and leader among fellow officers.

During his time with the department, he earned a Bachelor of Urban Affairs and Community Service degree from Saint Louis University, and finished his education just shy of earning his Masters. Among his many accolades, he was honored as Policeman of the Year, and served as President of the Fraternal Order of Police. In his retirement years, he owned and operated Area IV, a popular South St. Louis tavern.

He is survived by his long-time companion Laura Schwarz, his  children Patti (Matt) Chickey, Maria (Steve) Gholson, Steve (Tammy) Delgado, 14 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was a beloved uncle, an avid Cardinal baseball fan, an animal lover, and a dear friend to many. His kindness, quick wit, and willingness to help others will be lovingly remembered.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The BackStoppers or Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Services: Funeral from Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Thursday, August 11 at 12 noon. Interment at J.B. National Cemetery.  Visitation Wednesday, 4-8 p.m.