Leonard E. Jiménez, 28, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away January 25, 2007. Survived by his parents, Leonard Pete and Patricia Ann Jiménez; sister, Melissa A. Fossee, brother-in-law, Ensign Craig T. Fossee, U.S. Navy; niece, Sofia Rose Fossee; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete JIMÉNEZ, Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor, Carmen Jiménez, Herbert E. Banks and Sue Banks. Like his ancestors, Lenny was a courageous soldier in his own right. As a disabled person, he valiantly fought his own battles everyday for a full and happy life. He was a decedent of a Captain in the Spanish Royal Army, who was in, what is now the U.S., in the early 1600s. His family also includes two U.S. Civil War Veterans (one from his father's side, and one from his mother's side), two World War I veterans, and several combat veterans of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and our current war against terrorism. Lenny was a brave, kind, loving, and giving person, who will be deeply missed by his family. He always had a warm smile, a supportive word, and a contagious laugh. Viewing will be at the church one hour prior to the Rosary and one hour prior to the Mass. Recitation of the Rosary, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, with Msgr. Mark Plewka as celebrant. Both services will be held at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 11th and Grand. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I knew Lenny, I knew his Noble and Heroic Grandfather, and I know his wonderful Parents. A European friend of the family once stated, “Pete JIMENEZ” (a U.S. fighting man during WWII, and Lenny’s Grandfather) earned Knighthood the old fashion way, on the battlefield!”. Had Lenny been born a few centuries ago, he would have been invested a Knight, as he comes from a family of authentic European Knights. And, he was a true gentleman. Although Lenny was severely disabled he never asked for, nor did he ever receive public assistance of any kind (nor did his parents). Len, and his parents made it on their own, and astounded his physicians, who said that his progress was quite remarkable. His physicians also credited the care that his loving parents provided for said progress. The quality of his care, of course, provided a higher quality of life for Lenny, but also saved the taxpayers thousands, and perhaps millions of dollars over his lifetime. Len’s parents credited God with his miraculous progress, and for enabling them to provide the care that Len needed early and throughout his life. Len, and his parents, are truely remarkable. And, Heaven has a wonderful new Knight.

  2. I remember the day Lenny was born. We were all so worried that he would not be with us for long. But, Lenny was a fighter and gave my brother, his father Leonard and his mom, Patty 28 years of love and joy. There are three things that come to mind when I think of Lenny. One, his big smile,two his never ending politeness, and three his incredible love. He will be missed by all of us and I love him very much. Aunt Belle

  3. During his short time with us, Len taught us all how to face every challenge with courage, strength and determination. His ready smile was contagious and will be sorely missed. There is a line from the Disney movie Mulan which describes Len perfectly. It goes something like: “the flower which blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all”. I am blessed to have been Len’s aunt and godmother.

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