ANDERSON — Rolando C. Leyva, 86, Anderson, passed away April 24, 2014, at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis after a sudden illness.
He was born Nov. 4, 1927, in Vertientes, Camaguey, the son of the late Emilio and Natividad (Gil) Leyva. Rolando lived in Vertientes for 43 years and the past 43 years here in Anderson retiring in 1998 from Brockway Glass after 20 years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maria Z. Leyva of Anderson; five children, Julia (Vaughn) Daugherty of Durango, Colo., Jacqueline (Stan) Mills of Goldsby, Okla., Dania (Tom) Hall of Pendleton, Tania (Tim) Stultz of Noblesville and Carlos (Julie) Leyva of Pendleton; grandchildren, Ian Mills and Sascha Mills of Goldsby, Okla., Julia Hall and Thomas Hall of Pendleton, Nick Stultz and Victoria Stultz of Noblesville, Mia Leyva, Isabel Leyva and Cruz Leyva of Pendleton; four siblings, Hilda Lopez of Peru, Ind., Emilio Leyva of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jorge (Adelina) Leyva of Sarasota, Fla., and Tania S. Mena of Miami, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Ralph (Elizabeth) Lopez, Jr., Armando Lopez and Hilda (Rick) Lennon, all of Peru, Ind., Teresita (Jorge) Pinon of Oklahoma City, Okla., Emilio Leyva of Phoenix, Ariz., Lourdes Davis and Jorge (Amy) Leyva of Sarasota, Fla.; and several great-nieces and nephews and beloved cousins and close friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ralph Lopez and Herminia Leyva.
Rolando was a generous and loving father and grandfather. There were three things he loved most: God, family and baseball (not always in that order). Throughout his life his children and grandchildren had a front row seat to watch their hero in action and got to experience the epitome of what a husband, father, grandfather and friend should be. He taught his family how to love and be loved and showed them how to live life with passion and compassion.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church with Father Mark Walter officiating. Burial will be at East Maplewood Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 2801 Lincoln St., Anderson, IN 46013.
Post online condolences at www.brownbutzdiedring.com and www.theheraldbulletin.com.