WESLACO -Pablo Leal, Jr., passed away at his home on Monday, April 1st, 2019. Pablo was born on September 28, 1935, to Pablo Leal Sr. and Esperanza Gonzalez Leal in Mercedes, TX.
Pablo Jr. and his family were migrants, and they traveled to Wisconsin every year to work. During his childhood years, spending nearly half of his time in Wisconsin, Pablo learned two things, how to work hard and how to root for the Green Bay Packers. He became driven for success, and a "cheese-head" and both of these traits remained true for the rest of his life.
Pablo joined the US Marine Corp at the age of eighteen. After being honorably discharged, Pablo continued to thrive in agriculture. He worked his way up in the produce business and was a foreman at Lake Delta Produce for over twenty-five years. He also worked for Interstate Produce, Gulf De Bryan, and Riverside Produce. Pablo was highly respected for his strong work ethic and dedication to the produce industry. After retirement, Pablo was not content to sit around. He went to work as a bus driver for Casa del Sol Adult Daycare.
Pablo will mostly be remembered by his work ethic, and love of sports, especially the Packer's, but he also loved to have his family by his side. He enjoyed a good barbeque and spending time with friends, children, and grandchildren.
Pablo is preceded in death by his parents, Pablo Sr. and Esperanza Leal, brothers, Valeriano, Guillermo, Tito, Miguel, and Guadalupe Leal, and sister, Hermelinda Leal.
He is survived by his brothers, Gilbert Leal Sr. (Maria) of Weslaco, Amparo Baldarama (Juan) of Weslaco, children, Pablo Leal III (Mary) of San Antonio, Guillermo Leal (Belinda) of Weslaco, Esperanza Linda Villarreal of Fresno, CA, Pauline Jasmine Leal, Marcos "Mickey" Leal Sr., and Hermelinda Martha Leal all of Weslaco, grandchildren, Kaitlyn Leal, Shevawn Leal, Guillermo Leal Jr., Roshawna Leal, Victor Villarreal, Bobby Luna, Madison Luna, Samantha Luna, Rene Luna, Thomas Leal, Marcos Leal Jr., Kaylee Nicole Leal, Michael Leal , and Levi Galindo, twenty- three great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5th, from 10am-9pm, with a rosary at 7 pm, McCaleb Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 6th, 12pm, at St Joan of Arc in Weslaco, burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Thoughts and prayers to the family of Pablo Leal.
Thank you Pops for always encouraging me to become a better person. I will never forget that contagious smile of yours. You will be missed but never forgotten. 💜
Thank you for your years of service! 🇺🇸💙
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