Mr. DeLeon was born March 31, 1943, in Tahoka to Serapio and Anita Trevino DeLeon.
He enlisted in the military at the age of 17 years. He served in the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions (Seabees) and retired after 21 years of active duty. He went to Vietnam four times. When it was discovered that he was on his fourth tour in Vietnam he was sent back to the states. He did not want to leave because the Seabees were building a bridge and he wanted to see the completion of it.
He married Christina Cruz in Kingsville on Jan. 30, 1970. After his retirement from the U.S. Navy Seabees he worked as a carpenter at NAS Chase Field until the base was closed. He later worked as a carpenter in Beeville and the surrounding area.
He was a kind man and would sometimes not charge for his services. “Return the favor to someone in need,” he would say.
Mr. DeLeon was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was very active in his Church. In 1994 he was selected Parishoner of the Year.
He was a member of Knights of Columbus and was a Fourth Degree Knight. He was a Eucharistic minister, a cursillista, minister of hospitality (usher), a member of Acts Retreat and the Mother of Schoenstatt movement. He was also active in Catholic Ministry to the Deaf.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Christina DeLeon of Beeville; two sons, William (Christina) DeLeon of Groves and Brandon DeLeon of Beeville; two sisters, Mary (Manuel) Munoz of Wharton and Delia Banda of Lubbock; and a grandson, Jacob DeLeon.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home chapel. A rosary was recited there that evening at 7 o’clock.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Gonzales officiating. Music was provided by Fernando Cisneros. Burial followed in Beeville Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Deaf Ministries or Texas School for the Deaf.
Galloway & Sons Funeral Home