Emmanuel Cervantes, 35, of Lafayette, IN, passed away on May 15, 2014. He was affectionately known as “Manny” to his friends and family.
Manny was the type of person we often don’t come across. He was an artist, philosopher, visionary, and adventurer. He loved his life and lived each day to the fullest. He found beauty where it’s often overlooked and was always filled with hope for a better tomorrow. When he walked into a room, it was immediately consumed with positive energy. His laugh and smile were contagious. Manny was a great listener and teacher who was always there for friends, family, and general acquaintances to offer advice or a consoling heart. He sought positive change in the world and did his part to make it happen. Those that had to pleasure to know and love him are all better off because of the positive light he radiated. He demonstrated, through example, the importance of embracing one’s individuality, seeking inner peace and living a purposeful life.
Manny was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but registered as a Mexican citizen to Susana Venis and Alvaro Cervantes on April 11, 1979. He was raised in Montgomery County by his mother and her husband, Randall Venis, and graduated from North Montgomery High School where he was a part of the ’95-’96 state champion football team. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and spent his career working in various small business media production settings, shooting and editing various video projects. He worked as a public health educator and interpreter at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Additionally, he worked in the community teaching youth about film. His free-lance promotional videos for various artists and community arts and cultural events are widely viewed online. In his later years, he grew as a bicycling enthusiast and had recently been working on documentary film chronicling his various cycling trips around the country. He was to begin screening his work in August, 2014.
Emmanuel is preceded in death by his grandmother, Maria Montes de Oca Tovar, great grandmother, Mary Bonebrake, grandfather, James Venis, and father, Alvaro Cervantes. He is survived by parents Randy and Susana Venis, siblings Juan Carlos Venis, Karina Venis, Cynthia Vinasco, as well as his brother-in-law Julian Vinasco and nieces, Nayeli and Alexa.
The family of Emmanuel wishes to extend sincere thanks to the friends and family that have kept them in their hearts during this unimaginably painful time. They also want to thank the community members and those at Carnahan Hall, Virtuous Cycles, Axiom551, Instant Copy, Madmen Creative, and rikx for their help in planning the beautiful memorial bike ride for Manny that took place on June 7.
A funeral service was held on June 14 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in West Lafayette, IN. Manny’s bodily remains will be laid to rest at a later date in Mexico City.