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June 15, 1953 - July 27, 2018

Burial Date: August 3, 2018

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MUSCATINE, Iowa – Leonides Leza Valver, 65, passed away surrounded by family, on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Fruitland.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 at St. Mathias Church. The Reverend Troy Richmond will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Mazzuchelli Council 13960.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 2, 2018, from 2 until 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 5 p.m., at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.

Leonides was born on June 15, 1953, in Nueva Rosita, Mexico, the son of Juan B. Leza and Ofelia Valver Leza. He married Amalia Sanchez on July 27, 1979, in Muscatine.

Leonides worked for Heinz for 25 years. He was a very involved member of Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, a founding member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Leonides was raised in Nava, Mexico before coming to Iowa in 1974. He played soccer throughout his youth and early adult years and was an avid Chivas Soccer Club fanatic. He also loved the Dallas Cowboys. Leonides was the life of the party and had a joke for every occasion. He enjoyed singing hymns in church and loved to dance. Above everything, he loved his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his children; Juan F. Leza and wife, Vanessa, Leonides Leza II, and Amalia M. Leza, all of Muscatine; two grandchildren, Leilani and Alessandro; his siblings, Rafael Leza and wife, Juanita, of Muscatine, Juan Leza and wife, Marta, of Muscatine, Cruz Leza and wife Maria, of Muscatine, Francisco Leza and Beth Parks, of Iowa City, Antonio Leza and wife, Brenda, of Fruitland, Guadalupe Leza and wife, Gloria, of Houston, Texas, Socorro Leza, of Eagle Pass, Texas, Maria Magdalena Cardoza and husband, Manuel, of Uvalde, Texas, and Petra Rodriguez and husband, Roberto, of Uvalde, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his parents; his infant son, Daniel Leza Sanchez; four brothers, Juan Pablo, Santos, Juan Antonio, and Guadalupe Leza; and two sisters, Refugio Leza and Maria De Los Angeles Juana Varela.