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Grandpa’s Obituary

I’ve copied the obituary here… since my cousin and I wrote it. It published in the Ventura County Star today and will run through June 24th. The guestbook can be signed here.

While surrounded by family, Bud Leach peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, after a long battle with heart disease.

Bud was born on April 26, 1932, in San Diego, Calif., to Arnold Edmond Sr. and Dorothy Lucille “Nanny” Leach. He was the younger brother of Barbara. Bud graduated from San Diego High School, Class of 1950. On July 8, 1951, he married the love of his life, Lauretta. They have been happily married for over 56 years. Their greatest accomplishments in life were their three children, Cheri, Russell, and Michael.

Bud served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. He then began his 32-year career with Weber’s Bread Company as a sales driver. In 1973, he moved from San Diego to Santa Paula, where he remained a Ventura County resident for 26 years.

Bud’s greatest joy in life was his family. He took great pride in each accomplishment his family experienced. Never was there a dance recital, baseball, football, or soccer game, graduation, wedding, or family gathering that he did not attend.

Bud thoroughly enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball when his boys were young. His gifts for coaching and counseling were an attribute we all valued. His love was unconditional, and he was truly our No. 1 fan! Our family will have an everlasting void without him here, but we embrace that he is now pain-free.

Besides family, Bud’s next biggest love in life was golf. Playing, watching, or talking golf brought him endless joy. Even in his final days, he enjoyed watching the U.S. Open with family by his side. We know the first thing he did was play 54 holes of golf when he arrived in Heaven!

Bud is preceded in death by his father, Arnold, Sr. (1952); mother, “Nanny” (1997); and sister, Barbara (2001).

Bud is survived by his loving wife, Lauretta; daughter, Cheri (Dave) Wigton; sons, Russell Leach, and Michael (Tracie) Leach; grandchildren, Julie (Joseph) Johnson, Jennifer (Eric) McCalister, Christopher Leach, Jason Leach, Breanne Leach, Kaitlin Leach, Alison (Jim) Miller, Elizabeth Wigton; and six great-grandchildren that he adored!

We would like to thank Dr. Patel and the staff at Community Memorial Hospital for their loving care during this difficult time.

There will be a viewing from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore. A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi at 1048 W. Ventura Street, Fillmore. Interment will take place at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego on Thursday, June 26, 2008.

“God Knows Your Pain”

Come, my child, God knows your pain. Your Grandpa’s gone, but his soul remains. You cannot see him, but his memory God gave to you so don’t despair. Grandpa’s time on earth was through. He completed the task he was born to do. He did it so well that God took him home to walk the streets where angels roam. I know he was special and you miss him so, but when your time comes you’ll get to go. You’ll see your Grandpa and Jesus too, so live this life God gave to you. Your heart will heal and one day you’ll see that death is earth’s door to eternity.

Arrangements are under the directions of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore; 805-524-0744.

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