Leonard DeLeon, 59, of Kelso and a former Prosser resident passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in Kelso.

Leonard was born April 26, 1947, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Jose D. and Nellie (Hernandez) DeLeon. Leonard was raised by his step-father, Jose A. Gomez. Leonard served in the U.S. Army. Following his military duty, Leonard returned to Prosser and later moved to Kelso, where he attended Lower Columbia College.

Leonard worked 25 years at Longview Fiber Company, where he would have retired this April.

Leonard is survived by three sons, Leonard DeLeon Jr. and wife, Leonor, and Jacob DeLeon, all of Longview, and Jason DeLeon and wife, Brandi, of Kelso; four grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters, Robert DeLeon, Joe DeLeon, Carlos DeLeon, Rosemary Castaneda, Lupe Salazar, Joe A. Gomez Jr., Rogelio Gomez, Dorothy Torres, Lorenzo Gomez and Sylvia Gomez.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Lloyd DeLeon and Arcadio DeLeon.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, from 10 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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