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Leo Delapa
  • Passed away on January 29, 2022

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Leo A. Delapa of Ocala, FL passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the age of 78.  He entered into rest peacefully surrounded by his beloved wife, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Leo met the love of his life, Iris at Florida Beacon Bible College, and married in a small chapel in Key Largo, FL on July 12, 1973. They both lived by the scripture verse of Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

He was a loving husband, father, and papa. Leo was a devout Christian, whom he loved to share his love of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with others. He served in the Army’s 173rd Airborne “Sky Soldiers”.  He had a mischievous and infectious laugh.  He enjoyed sharing his most fond hobby of Archery, shooting with his children and grandchildren.

Leo was a member of Ocala Baptist Temple where he served as a deacon and ministered in the jail and juvenile detention every Sunday afternoon for the Lord. He served as an assistant pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Williston, FL. He is loved and adored by his family and will be greatly missed. Death is never an easy thing for loved ones to cope with, but it does give Leo’s family and friends comfort and peace, knowing he is with his heavenly Father.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Delapa, and Idell Hopper, his brothers Bill Delapa and Jim Overstreet and his sister Gwen Delapa. He is survived by his wife Iris Delapa; children Mary Owens (Eric Owens), Sheila Johnson-Delapa, and Frank Delapa (Shannon Nelson); 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be at Ocala Baptist Temple on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.  Flowers for the service may be sent to Ocala Baptist Temple.  Mr. Delapa will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery during a private family burial on February 17th.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. For death leaves a heartache, no one can heal, and love leaves a memory no one can steal.”   Leo, Dad, Papa…We Love and Miss You!

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  1. Mary Ellen Maxwell lit a candle:
    14 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 14, 2022 at 2:28:40 PM

  2. Lily & Paul Rodriguez says:
    10 Feb 2022
    Rest in God's hands now my dear brother in Law no more pain and no more suffering rejoicing in the presence of our Lord and savior..your Family will surely miss you but you will never be forgotten ❤️

  3. Sheila Johnson says:
    08 Feb 2022
    Dear Dad,
    I love you more then word can say. You were absolutely the best dad, and amazing papa anyone of us could’ve ever asked for. You will always be in my heart and I miss you every day and you were loved so much. Thank you so much for being that amazing dad God created you to be.


  4. Sheila Johnson says:
    08 Feb 2022
    Dear dad,
    I Love and Miss you every day. I’m trying to figure out how I can do this without you. Although I know you are looking down and watching over us. I still wish I could get a hug from you. You were absolutely the best dad, most amazing papa we could’ve ever asked for. You will always be in my thoughts and missed and Loved so very much. Rest In Peace dad.

    Love Always,

  5. Desarae Freet says:
    07 Feb 2022
    Rest easy Leo from your old neighbors. I hope the family finds peace in knowing there’s no more pain or suffering of any kind for you and who was in heaven to greet you at the gates.

  6. Ruth Quintana says:
    07 Feb 2022
    Rest In Peace my dear brother in law. With all our love Ruth and Edwin.

  7. Ruth Quintana says:
    07 Feb 2022
    Rest In Peace my dear brother in law. With all my love Ruth and Edwin

  8. Ailza Quintana says:
    07 Feb 2022
    May you Rest In Peace and know that your Family truly miss you .

  9. Ailza Quintana lit a candle:
    07 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 7, 2022 at 2:58:21 PM

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