July 24, 1955 - Jan. 13, 2012
Leo Ray Lucero died early Friday morning at his home in Milton-Freewater that he shared with his wife, Virginia, after years of chronic health problems. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at Stateline Community Church, 85440 Highway 11, Milton-Freewater, with Pastor Owen Frost officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Leo was born July 24, 1955, to Clemente O. and Rose Mary Flores Lucero in Roswell, N.M. He attended school in Roswell until he was 13 at which time the family moved to Sacramento, Calif. He continued in
school until he was 17 when he took his GED to join the Navy in 1972 to go to Vietnam. He spent his Navy tour on the USS Anchorage LSD as a troop and equipment transporter. He was honorably discharged in 1975 and returned to Sacramento to work with family as a painter. In 1979 he married Yvonne Maez of New Mexico. They had one daughter, Felicita. The couple were later divorced. He met Virginia Kerns and they were married Sept. 24, 1983. Their daughter, Cassandra, who was born July 13, 1984. His son, Joshua, was born in Sacramento on April 14, 1986. Due to failing health, the family moved back to the Pendleton area in 1986. He had a personal relationship with the Lord and that drove his daily activities. He was active in the Full Gospel Businessmen and later the Businessmen's Fellowship groups. Leo was a youth pastor at Bethel Christian Church for a period of time. He occasionally went into prison ministries to speak, along with teen ministries. Leo volunteered in homeless shelters, feeding and clothing programs, and building programs for homes. He would frequently open up his home for those who needed a place to stay. He would frequently pick up hitchhikers and then share his testimony with them. Leo was a friend to everyone and would give them the shirt off his back. He loved his horses and was happiest when horseback riding in the back country with friends and family. He loved all who he met and loved his large family. Leo was very proud of his children's sports and their time in the military.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clemente; sister Sandra; grandparents, Mariano and Mable Flores and Ben and Ramona Lucero. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; son, Joshua Lucero of Milton-Freewater; daughters, Felicita Mason of Albuquerque, N.M,
Cassandra and Kyle Lieberman of Richlands, N.C.; mother, Rose Lucero; brothers, Clemente and Rena Lucero, Charley Lucero, Johnny Lucero, Tony and Gina Lucero, Christy Lucero, Rudy Lucero, Daniel and Irene Lucero, Robert and Denise Lucero; sisters, Dorothy and Philip Waxman, Patricia Walker, Louise and Swede Johnson; one granddaughter; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. xx