Leroy Joe Sandoval, 78, formerly of Denver, and resident of El Alto for the past 17 years, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. He was born on Sept. 8, 1938, in La Cebolla to Adolfo Jose Sandoval and Estella Serna Sandoval. Leroy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He worked as a Diazo Operator for Lockhead Martin in Denver for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering with his cars and spending time with his family. A Catholic, he was a member of St. Gertrude Church in Mora. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolfo and Estella Sandoval; son, Alfonso Sandoval; sisters, JoAnn Leyba and Gladys Valedon; and brother, Joe Trujillo. Leroy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Bernice Sandoval, of the family home in El Alto; sons, Steve Sandoval and wife, Ellen, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Richard Sandoval of Denver; daughters, Brenda Sandoval of El Alto, Mary Keller and husband, Lee, of Henderson, Nev.;12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters; Emilia Romero and husband, Tony, of Cleveland, and Barbara Trujillo of Denver; brother, Celestino Sandoval and wife, Martha, of Denver; brother-in-law, Gilbert Herrera and wife, Barbara, of Bullhead, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Dolores Romero and husband, Eli, of El Alto, and Mary Trujillo of Denver; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Rosary services will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday at St. Gertrude Church in Mora. Funeral mass will follow the Rosary also at St. Gertrude Church with Father Dennis Dolter, SOLT as celebrant. Interment will follow at Santo Nino Cemetery in Monte Aplanado with the following serving as casket bearers: Joshua Sandoval, John Cruz, Steven Cruz, Brandon Keller, Cody Keller and Walter Romero. Visit Rogers Mortuary's website at www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign their online register book. Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary; 600 Reynolds Ave., Las Vegas; 1-800-479-3511 or 425-3511.
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