John Rigor Leano
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.
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.