OBITUARY

Leocadio Zamano Ventura Jr.

March 7, 1934December 23, 2020
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Leocadio Zamano Ventura Jr. was born on March 7, 1934, to Leocadio Sr. and Urbana Ventura in Cabalantian Bacolor, Philippines. Leo is survived by his wife Marina; his children, Lee married to Cheryl, Leila married to Thomas, Lennie married to Ed, and Lara partner to Elias; his grandchildren, Rheanna, Skylar, Nathan, Evan, Madison, Owen, and Payton.

Leo married his true love Marina nine days after meeting on December 1,1969. They had a civilian wedding on December 10, 1969, and renewed their vows in a Catholic ceremony on September 18, 1970. They share a true love story that encompasses love, faith, and trust. Leo and Marina celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the Carnival Cruise Ship with their children and their spouses, grandchildren, and close family friends. On that cruise, Leo became a celebrity. Leo and Marina were called up on stage where they were asked questions about their marriage. Everyone instantly fell in love with Leo and his unwittingly hilarious responses. The remaining days on the ship people would chant “LEO!-LEO!-LEO!” wherever he went. He had no idea why or how he became so popular except that maybe people thought he was handsome. Their last wedding anniversary was celebrated at home COVID style on December 10, 2020.

Leo attended a year of college before he enlisted in the US Navy May 5, 1961. In the Navy, Leo was an aircraft mechanic and worked on the ejection seats of the aircraft. He retired from the Navy in San Diego, CA, on December 31, 1980, as an E6 Petty Officer First Class. After retiring from the Navy, Leo worked at Teledyne Ryan on Apache Helicopters. In 1989, Leo moved to San Jose, CA, where he was offered a job at Lockheed. While in San Jose, Leo worked at several tech companies including IBM and Asysts. In 1998, Leo relocated to Las Vegas, NV where he worked at Sun City Summerlin before officially retiring in 2008. He was a smart and humble man who was proud to share with his grandkids that he skipped the 4th grade. Additionally, Leo loved to share his Catholic faith and was an active member of his local parish in San Diego and San Jose, CA.

Leo was a devoted family man. He wanted the best for his family and always questioned whether he made the right decisions for his family. He always worried about his wife, kids, in-laws, and grandkids. If you walked into his home he would be the first to offer you food and drinks. If you lived afar, he would invite you to come to Las Vegas. He enjoyed being around people. His home was always open. Leo was an unselfish man who would help anyone and even offer the little money he had in his wallet. He loved to share his life story and experiences. He loved to dance and would say in his younger years he was the best dancer in his barrio. Leo loved his garden. He loved “repurposing” things that were old, broken, or no longer needed. He once made a bird cage from a wooden bar stool, putting chicken wire around the bottom base of the stool. He said he just needed to catch a bird to put in it. Leo was a simple man, a humble man, and a faithful man. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.

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    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Arvin Lacanilao

January 16, 2021

Rest in peace Ingkong.
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Leticia Ventura

January 16, 2021

Uncle or Bapa Junior,
I remember the second trip back to the United States you and Auntie Marina drove all the way from Las Vegas just to pick me up at LA airport and let me stay in your home for a few days. During my stay with you, you wanted me to find a job in Las Vegas and stay with you.
I remember all the good advices you told me during my stay and up to these days they are so vivid in my memories.Also I remember you told me that you were so proud of me that I was able to accomplished a great job in Chicago.
I'm gonna miss you very much. I consider you as my second father. My memories with you will stay forever. I love you and thank you for everything.
Letty

Tran Nathalie

January 16, 2021

Rest In Peace, Uncle Leo. We will never forget the time you offered us a place to stay, while in Vegas, asking for nothing in return. You’re such a humble man & will be missed!

Anabel & Jerry Yabut

January 16, 2021

We thank you for the love, your thoughtfulness and we'll remember how you made us felt home when we stayed in your house and everytime we visit. And we will always treasure the beautiful memories we had on our cruise, how you make us all proud with your wit and love for Auntie Marina. You loved us as family.... you will be forever in our hearts

LEILA VENTURA

January 16, 2021

I Love You! Watch over us and guide us as you did when you were here. I'll miss you MOST!!!

Danica Federe

January 16, 2021

Miss you grandpa. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us. Love you! ❤️

William & Gloria Federe

January 16, 2021

Uncle Leo will surely be missed by me, Gloria, and our children. He loved and cherished our children since they were born, and treated my family as his own. We spent many Christmas Eves and major holidays together through the years, shared and celebrated our family member milestones together, including the most difficult of times.

He was like a father, brother, and friend to me, and loved deep conversations over our Christian faith, and loved God. He always had a beautiful smile about him, danced gracefully, and on his 50th wedding anniversary with Aunt Marina stole the hearts of the audience during our December 2019 Carnival Cruise trip. In the ship elevators, hallways, the dining areas, and even upon disembarking, they chanted “Leo, Leo, Leo”!

He wanted the best for all his loved ones, and we feel so fortunate to be among the ones he loves. So we love him back! We will see you once again uncle Leo when we get to the other side, but for now you’ll be — so dearly missed!

Cheryl B. Ventura

January 15, 2021

Cheryl B. Ventura

January 15, 2021

I just miss you...

Joy Miclat

January 14, 2021

“Tang Leo” It feels like I lost a father when you left for the heavens. You took us under your wings from that time our families connected at Eastridge Mall, and bonded right away when you learned that we came from the same barrio back home in the Philippines although we did not know each other back then and our homes in San Jose are stone throw away apart. You always would stop by to check on us, call when Mang Maring cooks to share meals or when your persimmons are ready for harvest. You were like a brother to my mom and dad, they love you back like one. I just can imagine how you guys are in heaven. You made sure to pay a visit with siblings back in Cabalantian and generously shared your monies to them when you made a balikbayan trip. I will miss our long phone conversations, your wisdom and humor. I will miss your voice and I love listening to you call me “Joey” I never corrected you in pronouncing my name because it sounded like a special pet name to your kid. Manding would chuckle when he hears you call me “Joey”. He loves you to the moon and back as well. Rest In Peace, Tang Leo. Till we meet again.

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Thank you for all your Love & Support
Your Unconditional Love was felt by All you encountered

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