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Leo Valera

January 9, 1953 — October 27, 2023

 

Leo B. Valera, 70, of Parks, Arkansas passed from this life on Friday, October 27, 2023 at his home. Leo was born January 9, 1953 to Eufemio and Prescentacion (Briosos) Valera in Abra, Philippines. 

Leo was married to the love of his life, Helen Lena (Sydoruk) Valera for 50 marvelous years. Together they raised two amazing children and played a huge role in the lives of their grandchildren. Leo was a carpentry artist and created beautiful work details with his wood turning skills. Leo enjoyed the outdoors and fishing at the lake. In his later years he could be found outside gardening and raising chickens. He was an avid sportsman and loved basketball. The Lakers was his favorite team to watch. Leo was a kind and caring person. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was the most loving husband and doting grandfather. The memories made with his loved ones will forever be treasured.

Leo leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Helen of the home and two children: Christina Valera-Carter and husband Craig of Parks, Arkansas; and Philip Valera and wife Melissa of Porter Ranch, California. Grandpa will be missed by his three grandchildren: Caitlyn Carter, Alexander Valera and Cheyanne Carter. Leo is also survived by five sisters and two brothers: Elvira Umbay of California; FeFatima Fontanilla of California; Abelardo Valera of California; Asterio Valera of California; Asteria Ambida of Canada; Araceli Morgan of Nevada; and Socorro Jimeno of Canada. Leo will be missed by all his nieces, nephews and grandchildren; including a host of extended family and friends. 

Leo was preceded in death by his parents: Eufemio and Prescentacion Valera. 

Leo's life celebration will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Larry Shores officiating. A public viewing will be held prior on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Funeral and Cremation Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas. 

Leo's visitation will be Friday, November 3, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.

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