LeRoy E. Souza
April 30, 1934 – November 9, 2018
LeRoy Souza, of Hanford, CA, passed away at home on the evening of November 9, 2018. He was born in Hanford, CA to Manuel and Mary (Borba) Souza.
His early life was spent on the family dairy farm where a strong work ethic was learned and carried on his entire life. LeRoy attended Pioneer and Lemoore Elementary Schools, ending at Lemoore High School.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in February 1954. Soon thereafter, he met his wife Valera Sustaire of Memphis, TX on a blind date while stationed at the Amarillo Texas Air Force Base. They married in September 1954 before being transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. LeRoy was very proud of his military service which was served during the Korean Conflict, he was a Flight Line Crew Chief later working with the Air Force Thunderbirds. While stationed in Arizona daughter Tanya was born. After he was honorably discharged in February 1958 the family moved to Ojai, CA where LeRoy worked helping construct the Casitas Lake Dam. Their second daughter Debbie was born during this time. When this job was completed LeRoy moved the family back home to Hanford where son Gary was born. LeRoy farmed row crops for a number of years then switched to Christmas trees while also working for Chevron Chemical Co., and Turner's Feed Mill. He later developed Souza Enterprises.
LeRoy and Valera enjoyed travelling, and visited a number of countries including a trip to San Jorge Island, of the Portuguese Azores Islands where his Father and grandparents were born. Many road trips were spent exploring the United States and Canada, with much time spent at their vacation home in Oceano, CA.
LeRoy is survived by his wife of 64 years Valera, daughter Tanya Barros (Stan) of Kingsburg, daughter Debbie Orsaba (John) of Hanford, son Gary of Hanford. Six grandchildren, Jason Couto of Kingsburg, Ashley Orsaba Finders (Sean) of Loomis, CA, Stacey Orsaba Cabrera (Larry) of Manvel, TX, Cody Souza of Tulare, Jared Souza (Taetum) of Hanford and Mikayla Souza of Tulare. Three great grandchildren with one due next spring. He is also survived by his sister Anna Lee Schneider (Richard) of Fresno, sister-in-law Ludrie Souza of Fresno as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents and brothers, Manuel, Anthony, Joseph, John, Robert, William Souza and sister, Mary Lou David, Genevieve Yecny, Eleanor Simas.
Family will remember mostly his unwavering love and support, for this there was no doubt.
Visitation for LeRoy will take place on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:30am at Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Home, 100 W. Bush St, Hanford. Rosary will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:30 am followed by Funeral Mass at 12:00 pm at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 1001 N. Douty St., Hanford. Burial with military honors will take place immediately following the Mass at Lemoore Cemetery, 1441 N 18th Ave, Lemoore, CA.
Contributions in LeRoy's memory can be made to the Central Valley Honor Flight c/o Central Valley Com. Foundation 5260 N Palm #122, Fresno, Ca 93704 or Kings SPCA 9071 16 ½ Ave., Lemoore, CA 93245