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John Rigor Leano      

John and Preciosisima Leano
John Rigor Leano was the second child born to Patricio and Margarita Leano on July 25, 1907 in Candon, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. After growing up on the island of Luzon, John emigrated to the United States in 1926 at the ripe age of 18. He worked various jobs in Alaska, Washington and California before settling in the Los Angeles County area of Southern California in 1932. While John was growing accustomed to the American way of life, Preciosisima Ador Rivera (the woman he would marry) was many thousands of miles away across the Pacific Ocean.

With Japan threatening to seize control of the Philippines during World War II, the United States military drafted Filipino men who were living in America. John was among those who were called upon to serve their new homeland with pride and honor. The First Filipino Infantry Regiment of the United States Army was formed and John was inducted into "Company L" on July 8, 1942. John's regiment was sent to Samar to combat enemy forces. It was during this historical and perilous time that Preciosisima first met John. As a Private First Class Squad Leader, John performed duties in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. John commanded and led a 12-man rifle squad in combat and miraculously was not wounded in action. The Japanese were defeated and World War II came to a merciful end. John received the distinction of "best dressed soldier" in his regiment, as well as the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal. John received his Honourable Discharge from the Army of the United States on February 18, 1946.

PFC John Rigor Leano  
Upon returning to the United States, John started a 20 year career as a Pantryman at the Huntington Sheraton Hotel in Pasadena (currently known as the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa). He also began intense correspondence with Preciosisima. After the exchange of many letters, John went back to the Philippines to embrace fate...to fulfill destiny! Preciosisima and John were married on May 16, 1948 in Borongan, Eastern Samar. They have been blessed with four children: Gil, Johnpre, Jeanette and John Gil.

John lived in Pasadena for 48 years. He was an avid sports fan and always found time to keep up with current events. He also enjoyed taking naps and eating snacks. John was a faithful member for many years at his church in Pasadena. He was a loving and faithful husband; a patient and caring father; a proud soldier and patriot. He served God, his family and country with zeal and honor. On December 4, 2000 at 2:52 a.m., John Rigor Leano left this earthly realm for his eternal home in glory! He is predeceased by his children, Johnpre and Gil; survived by his wife of 52 years, Preciosisima Leano; and children, Jeanette and John Gil Leano.