In loving memory of Cleveland John Leonesio, Jr.; born September 23, 1934 and passed into the arms of Jesus Christ on July 10, 2015.
He will be greatly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 56 years, Benita Leonesio, and his brother, Paul Leonesio. He is survived by his sisters: Jean Anne Leonesio, Mary Jane Priest (Jim), Debbie Harris (Martin), and brother, Pete Leonesio (Esther); sister-in-law, Marie Peterson; four children: Greg Leonesio (Sherry), Marjorie Trammell, Jean Leonesio, Anna Leonesio; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, he then spent his adolescent years in Susanville, Calif. with his family. During his 20 year Marine Corps career, Cleve served his country, including 3 tours of duty in the Vietnam War, with distinction and honor, and was awarded multiple decorations for service. Throughout that time, he and his wife raised four children around the world, including the Philippines and Puerto Rico. After his military retirement, Cleve moved to Lake Tahoe with his family and worked 20 years for the post office in Tahoe City, California.
Cleve was an avid lover of music, babies (especially his young granddaughters), education, chess, hiking, skiing, tennis, guitar, ice cream, and doughnuts. He loved his family and friends deeply. His faith in almighty God was not shaken during his trial with dementia.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who came alongside him in his time of need. Your sharing, fellowship, prayers, and food were deeply appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your local VFW, the Christian Appalachian Project (C.A.P.), or the charity of your choosing.
Memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 11:00a.m. Interment will be at Trails End Cemetery in Tahoe City, CA on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11:00a.m. Please share your memories at