Reynaldo "Ray" S. DeLeon Sr.

Born: Sun., Jan. 6, 1935
Died: Tue., Feb. 25, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 01, 2014
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 02, 2014
Location: Schaffer Funeral Home

Vigil Service

3:00 PM Sun., Mar. 02, 2014
Location: Schaffer Funeral Home


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Mar. 03, 2014
Location: Schaffer Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 03, 2014
Location: St. John Catholic Church

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Reynaldo "Ray" S DeLeon, Sr. 79, of Defiance, passed away on  Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. 
He was born on January 6, 1935 to Jose and Gumercinda (Saenz) DeLeon in Matamoros, MX.  On October 8, 1955, he married Joan (Juarez) DeLeon at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ft.Wayne, IN.
Ray was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.  He worked at Johns Manville for 13 years and Virgil Kents Burial Vaults, before going to GM, where he retired from in 1994.  He coached Little League for Tiffin Township for over 12 years. Ray was an avid  fan of the Cleveland Indians and Ohio State.  He enjoyed running road races, being outdoors, and spending time with his grandkids & family.
Reynaldo is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan, children; Rey (Elidia) DeLeon Jr. of South Haven, MI, Diana DeLeon of Jackson, MI, Teddy (Don) Colangelo of Jackson, MI, Andy (Laura) DeLeon, Gene (Lisa) DeLeon of Kokomo, IN, Danny (Kristine) DeLeon of Bryan, OH, 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, siblings; Gonzalo (Beverly) DeLeon of Punta Gorda, FL, Ramon (Abrana) DeLeon of Plesanton, TX, Celedonio DeLeon of Stockton, CA, and Arturo (Mely) DeLeon of Defiance, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Renato DeLeon, Jose Guadelupe DeLeon, Jr. and a sister, Elouiza Veloquio.

Mass of Christian Burial  will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014, at St. John's Catholic Church with Father Todd Dominique officiating.  Interment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 01, 2014 from 4-8 pm & Sunday, March 02, 2014 from 3-7 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, with a vigil service being held on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to NELL North Eastern Little League, (Made payable to: Brandy Delarber, NELL Treasurer, and/or to St. John's Catholic Church.

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Charitable donations may be made in Reynaldo "Ray"'s memory to the following organizations:

NELL North Eastern Little League
5683 Evansport Rd. Defiance, OH 43512

St John Catholic Church, Defiance
510 Jackson Ave Defiance, OH 43512
Tel: (419) 782-7121

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Jennifer Couling
   Posted Thu February 27, 2014

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Concord High School Staff.

Teddy, Don, and Family, We know that words don't ease the pain of loss, but you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May you know how much we care about you all. God bless, Concord High School Staff

Kurt and Veronica
   Posted Thu February 27, 2014
Dan, Kristine, Henry and Olivia, prayers to you all and the rest of the family for your loss. Kurt and I are sending our love.

Charlotte Hooks
   Posted Fri February 28, 2014
Dan, You have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your father. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss. Charlotte Hooks

Kwasi & Jayne Osei-Boateng
   Posted Fri February 28, 2014
To: Dan, Kristine, Henry, and Olivia
And: To the whole De Leon Family.
Jayne and I would like to express our most sincere and deepest condolences, at the loss of your dear father. Please know that you have a Father who never passes and will always be there for you. May HE strengthen you and the whole family through this difficult time, and give you peace.
R.I.P. Mr. "Ray" De Leon.

Margarita Medrano Saiza
   Posted Fri February 28, 2014
To all of our family members, please know that my family and I are praying for all of you at this very sad time. Please know we here in Madera CA were so pleased and happy to have meet him and talked to him even though it only for short periods of time, I am so sure that mom, along with Tio Lupe, Tia Gume, Angle, Locha, Chavela, and all who loved in live are all looking down saying what a life we had, and what a wonderful family. Tia Joan, know that our love and thoughts are with you.

Tania Olivia Juarez - Rodriguez
   Posted Mon March 03, 2014
taniarodriguez@gmail Tia Joann Rey Jr Diana Teddy Andy Gene and Danny my prayers are with you and your families in your time of sorrow , may the lord Jesus Christ comfort you . Tio Rey you will be greatly missed , I have fond childhood memories of you all in Defiance Ohio , R.I.P Tio Rey Sincerely Tania and David Rodriguez

Tania Juarez-Rodriguez
   Posted Mon March 03, 2014
My correct gmail Tania Juarez-Rodriguez

Raul Sanchez
   Posted Mon March 03, 2014
My deepest sympathies to Joan, Diana and the rest of the family.
Ray was a very good friend of my fathers and I still remember
them all hanging out at the Latin American Club back in the old
days. He will be greatly missed. Heartfelt condolences from my
mother and I and the rest of the Sanchez family.

Tom Warnimont
   Posted Tue March 04, 2014
I am very sorry to hear about your loss.

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