Leo Diaz, 92, went to be with our Lord on May 12, 2017. 'To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.' II Corinthians 5:8. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He is survived by his sons, Ron (Rosalie) Diaz, Dennis (Judy) Diaz; and daughter, Peggy (Tony) Armijo; sister, Irene (Fred) Carillo; brothers, Joe Diaz and Richard Diaz; sisters-in-law, Martha Gonzales and Genevieve (John) Elizondo; eight grandchildren, Larry Diaz, Michael Diaz, Chad Armijo, Amy Diaz-Elson, Jared Diaz, Rae Ann Armijo, Derek Diaz and Jordan Armijo; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Hope; parents, Leopoldo and Concepcion Diaz; sisters, Sophie McIlwain, Elaine Cruz and Vera Apodaca; and brothers, Joaquin, Manuel and Luther; and daughter-in-law, Veronica Diaz. Leo was a kind father with a funny sense of humor who loved family gatherings, listening to music and dancing with his wife. He taught his children and grandchildren to respect and treat others kindly. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He graduated from Central High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a signal man (Seaman 3rd Class) in the Pacific Theater and received the Asiatic Pacific 4-Star Medal and the American Area Victory Ribbon. Leo retired from Kinney Shoe Stores in 1987, and then became a Master Gardener. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Spanish Peaks Veterans' Community Living Center for the great care and love they provided to our father. Funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 18, at St. Mary Church, 307 E. Mesa. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team and interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pueblo Cooperative Care, 326 W. 6th St., Pueblo, CO 81003 or Centro De Los Pobres, P.O. Box 304, Avondale, CO 81022. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Peggy and family. I am so sorry about the loss of your dad. May God be with you all during a difficult time. I send my condolences to you all. Losing a parent is always hard. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to call me.

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