Abelardo (Al) Leon Ortiz of Kingman went home Jan. 7, 2014, welcomed by his beloved wife Genevieve.
Abelardo was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Tucson to Frank and Angelita Ortiz. He was the oldest of his siblings. He was a World War II Navy veteran.
Al spent many years in California raising his family, retiring from the Operating Engineers Local 12 as an equipment operator, and then moved to Kingman. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3516, member of the American Legion Post 14. Al enjoyed spending time with his family, outdoors/camping, traveling, and he loved his candy, peanuts, and Pepsi. Back in his young days he enjoyed riding his Harley's. Al will be greatly missed. He was an irreplaceable father and grandfather.
Abelardo is survived by his sons, Fred (Louise) Bianes of Kingman, Roger Ortiz of Pierre, SD; daughters, Lily Fonte of Pierre, SD, Olivia (Mark) Mangrum of Kingman; grandchildren, David (Carrie) Bianes, Jeffrey (Mary) Bartholomew, Gerald Bartholomew, Christina (Chad) Whitley, Jason Bartholomew, Ginger Mangrum, Matthew (Alicia) Ortiz, Marque (Ray) Vines, Travis Mangrum (Lyndsay); 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Genevieve.
Special thanks to KRMC Hospice.