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Connally/Compton Funeral Directors

4400 West Waco Drive, Waco, TX

OBITUARY

Leonardo A. Montelongo Sr.

December 6, 1932October 5, 2019

Mr. Leonardo Alavarez Montelongo Sr., 86, passed away, Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Waco, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Benjie officiating. Interment to follow in Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. with rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at the funeral home.

Mr. Montelongo was born on December 6, 1932 to Hermenejildo and Julia (Alvarez) Montelongo in San Marcos, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Waco. Mr. Montelongo was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He served with the 505th AAA BN, Charlie Battery at Fort Tilde, New York. In his professional career he worked at Fashion Floors and then for the United States Postal Service for 27 years. He founded the “Mi Favorito” spanish radio program and continued for 32 years bringing beautiful Tejano music into central Texas homes. He was instrumental in raising funds for Sacred Heart Catholic Church for many years where he was an usher and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #11015. He was a founding and long time member of the Waco Missions. He enjoyed playing baseball between the years of 1942 to 1963 where he played semi-pro baseball for the Waco Missions Recreation club. Later, he umpired baseball. He also enjoyed golfing weekly, exercising, going to the casino with family members. Most especially he enjoyed spending time with the pride of his life, his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Montelongo , his daughter, Julia Montelongo, his father Hermenejildo Montelongo Sr., his mother, Julia A Montelongo, and his siblings Silverstre Montelongo, Vincente Montelongo, Jose Montelongo, Eulalio I Montelongo, Hermenejildo Montelongo Jr., Nicolas Montelongo, Eulalio II Montelongo, and Miguel Montelongo Sr., Evarista Barrientos , Juana Ibarra, Margarita M. Lopez and Samuel Montelongo Sr.

Survivors include his daughters, Hilda Galindo and husband, Apolinar. Jr., Diana Martinez and husband, Isaac; sons, Ernest Montelongo, Sr. and wife, Stella, and 1st Sergeant Retired Leonardo Montelongo, Jr., grandchildren: Natalie Renee and Erik Galindo, Ernest (Ernie) Montelongo, Jennica Ramos and husband, Angelo, Johnny Villafana Jr. and wife, Jessica, Daniel Villafana, Gina Ramirez, Angela Avila and Jason Ramon, JoAnna DeLeon and husband, Chris, Orlando Montelongo, Sr., Alyssa Montelongo, great-grandchildren: Gianna, Isaiah, and Arielle Montelongo, Haven Ramos, Noah, Jonah, and Jiseala Villafana, Natalie Casiano and Adem Imeri, Jacob Casiano, J’Lynn and Jenna Ramon, Mia and Ava DeLeon, and Orlando Montelongo, Jr., great-great grandchildren: Ayden and Aaron Imeri; brothers, Guadalupe Montelongo and wife Margie of Fresno, CA, Cesar and wife, Delia Montelongo of Donna,Tx, and Ismael and wife, Antonia Montelongo of Donna, Tx; sisters, Marcy Alamia of Edinburg, Tx, Mary (Nena) Zepeda of Orange, CA and Gloria Castillo of Pasadeana, Tx; numerous families from California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.

Pallbearers, Erik Galindo, Ernest Montelongo Jr, Johnny Villafana Jr., Jacob Casiano, Daniel Villafana, and Orlando Montelongo Sr.

  • FAMILY

  • Mr. Montelongo is preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Montelongo , his daughter, Julia Montelongo, his father Hermenejildo Montelongo Sr., his mother, Julia A Montelongo, and his siblings Silverstre Montelongo, Vincente Montelongo, Jose Montelongo, Eulalio I Montelongo, Hermenejildo Montelongo Jr., Nicolas Montelongo, Eulalio II Montelongo, and Miguel Montelongo Sr., Evarista Barrientos , Juana Ibarra, Margarita M. Lopez and Samuel Montelongo Sr.

    Survivors include his daughters, Hilda Galindo and husband, Apolinar. Jr., Diana Martinez and husband, Isaac; sons, Ernest Montelongo, Sr. and wife, Stella, and 1st Sergeant Retired Leonardo Montelongo, Jr., grandchildren: Natalie Renee and Erik Galindo, Ernest (Ernie) Montelongo, Jennica Ramos and husband, Angelo, Johnny Villafana Jr. and wife, Jessica, Daniel Villafana, Gina Ramirez, Angela Avila and Jason Ramon, JoAnna DeLeon and husband, Chris, Orlando Montelongo, Sr., Alyssa Montelongo, great-grandchildren: Gianna, Isaiah, and Arielle Montelongo, Haven Ramos, Noah, Jonah, and Jiseala Villafana, Natalie Casiano and Adem Imeri, Jacob Casiano, J’Lynn and Jenna Ramon, Mia and Ava DeLeon, and Orlano Montelongo, Jr., great-great grandchildren: Ayden and Aaron Imeri; brothers, Guadalupe Montelongo and wife Margie of Fresno, CA, Cesar and wife, Delia Montelongo of Donna,Tx, and Ismael and wife, Antonia Montelongo of Donna, Tx; sisters, Marcy Alamia of Edinburg, Tx, Mary (Nena) Zepeda of Orange, CA and Gloria Castillo of Pasadeana, Tx; numerous families from California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Erik Galindo
  • Ernest Montelongo, Jr.
  • Johnny Villafana, Jr.
  • Jacob Casiano
  • Daniel Villafana
  • Orlando Montelongo, Sr.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Rosary Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 10, 2019

Memories

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Donna Azbell

October 12, 2019

Leonard and family,
Sincerest condolences.
Your father's obituary was so nice and obviously he was a wonderful man.
I know you will miss him very much.
God bless you.
Donna Azbell
Cesar Chavez Middle School

Mary Salazar

October 11, 2019

May you rest in peace, thank you for being a mentor in my career , heart felt prayers for the famiy

Gracie Martinez

October 10, 2019

It was a privilege to have known Leonardo Sr, he was the example of what a person who had the Lord in his life was. Every time I would see him wherever it my be, at church, store, or out, he would always greet , smile and give a hand shake. He was a genuine person, always humble and made you feel as if he knew you from along time ago. Descanse en Paz

Bobby Flores

October 9, 2019

I've never forgotten his radio show every Sunday, my condolences to his entire family He was deeply loved God Bless

Linda Krigbaum

October 9, 2019

My deepest condolences for Family. Leonard was one of my customers when I worked for HEB Waco, Tx. Very pleasant and friendly. I will always remember of my returning to work after losing my sister Lupe Gonzales, Leonard came up to the register and told me he was deeply sorry for my loss and that Lupe would be greatly missed. He went on to ask how I was doing, which I was trying not to burst into tears, but he kept on talking in a low voice talking about my sister's time at the post office (where he worked) and how pleasant it was working with her and Ramiro (my brother-in-law), which calmed me down. Leonard always approached and talked to you like you were the only one in the room. I will always remember him for his compassion. He will be greatly be missed.

Burnadett Stead

October 9, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

John Montez

October 9, 2019

Will always be remembered and respected as a leader in our community. Knew and recognized the need for a Spanish speaking radio and got one started.

Prayers for his family.

Debbie Oplie Bigham

October 8, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the entire family on the loss of such an exceptional man. May the love and memories he left behind sustain you and carry you forward. May God also grant you comfort and peace.
Love,
Robert and Debbie Bigham

Ruben Zapata

October 7, 2019

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

-Ruben Zapata and Mary Nino.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY