Hector Armando O'Leal
November 19, 1935 – September 8, 2019
Hector O’Leal (mi ta ku osasin) journeyed to the spirit world on September 8, 2019 in El Paso. He was of American Indian Heritage. A long time El Paso resident, he served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Sergeant in the 1st Marine Division and the 3rd Marine Division. While in the Marine Corps, he was a Drill Master, Rifle Range Coach, and a member of the Burial Honor Platoon. He did a 26 year tour with the El Paso Police Department. He also retired from the Department of Homeland Security as a Senior U.S. Customs Border Protection Officer after 22 years He spoke Nipponese and Siovan. Hector was a member of the NRA, American Legion Post 74, Law Enforcement Group. He was also a Life Member of the DVA Chapter 10 and also an Honorary Member of the 82nd Air Borne Benavidez - Patterson Chapter. Hector was related to Tasunke Witko (Crazy Horse). He was a hunter, game cock and coon hound enthusiast. Survived by Wife Irma, Daughters Maureen O' Leal Camacho (Ike), Sunny Lynn (Daniel) and Jennifer O'Leal -Rodriguez (David), Son Richard Delgado (Yvonne). Sisters Patricia Haro (Gilbert) and Darlene Buch, 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Hector is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rena, and brother Richard. Pallbearers will be members of Mr. O’Leal’s Family. A wake will be held Sunday September 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Funeraria Del Angel Martin Central, 3839 Montana. A Funeral Service will take place on Monday September 16, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers please make donations to American Indian College Fund PO BOX 172449 Denver Colorado 80217-9797.
- Irma Gloria O'Leal, Spouse
- Richard Delgado, Son
- Maureen O'Leal Camacho, Daughter
- Sunny Lynn Acosta, Daughter
- Jennifer O'Leal Rodriguez, Daughter
- Mr. O'Leal is also survived by his 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren to cherish his beloved memory.
- Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2019
- Prayer Service Sunday, September 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2019
- Graveside Service Monday, September 16, 2019
Hector Armando O'Leal
September 15, 2019
I was honored to know Hector. Before I married into this family and was engaged to his niece Bettina, she talked about her family in El Paso and lovingly spoke of her uncle Sonny. I vividly remember our first trip to El Paso and meeting Sonny for the first time. He was smiling, warm, hospitable, humble and genuine. Not the tough marine, cop and federal agent persona I had built up in my head. I saw Sonny lovingly interacting with his wife, daughters and grandchildren and how joyful Bettina was when in his presence. He was giving and a gracious story teller, sharing his experiences in a way a long time friend does, sharing without bragging. The genuine article, if Sonny said it, it was true and you could rely on it. He insisted on giving us gifts before we left town. I'm sorry I didn't get back to El Paso in the past 10 years and regret not being able to spend more time with Sonny but I'm glad my sons got to meet and spend time with Sonny last summer. To the family, I pray your sweet memories of him will be the balm for your spirit as you must now live everyday life without his loving influence. May this and our living savior comfort your soul. He lived a full and great life and loved his family immeasurably. He is no longer in pain and in the hand of Jesus, who died once for all so that all who believe will be reunited in glory, by His grace. My prayers are with you all and know, as you battle grief, loneliness and regret, that you have friends and family who love you and are praying for you. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and trust the Lord to carry you in His arms when don't have the strength on your own. Love, Mark Booth
September 10, 2019
My friend. My boxing coach and my partner in homicide has left this earth.
He was a mentor a good friend and an excellent boxing coach. He and Coach Marty Martinez coached several cops back in the 80’s. We participated in the Police Olympics and had several boxing matches at the Police Association on Alberta Street. He was a “hell” of a detective who did his job with compassion, commitment, and empathy. As a Navy vet I forgave him for being a “jarhead.” Semper Fi and Oo Ra my friend Rest Well job well done. Your now 10-7 for the day partner.
September 10, 2019
I don't really have a memory but wanted to express condolences. Bettina, Darlene's daughter, is our daughter-in-law and we have heard of the family. Please be sure of our prayers. Eddie and Joyce Booth