Robert "BL" Lealos

May 30, 1947 ~ May 1, 2013

Robert Lealos passed away May 1, 2013 at the Portland VA Medical Center. Known affectionately by his wife and close friends as "BL", he was genuinely loved and respected by family and friends. Throughout his life, he was a comfort and support to many, trying to provide the help he could and remaining a constant in many peoples' lives by just being there.
Born May 30, 1947, he attended school at Providence Academy and Our Lady of Lourdes and graduated from Fort Vancouver High School with the Class of 1965. He lived his entire life in Vancouver, with the only exception being his time in the military where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and while away at college at the University of Washington where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Psychology, Education, and Counseling in 1975.
He loved his family and his home, but we shared him with his passion for the game of golf. Although not destined to be one of golf's greats, he thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors for some exercise, time with friends, and a chance to meet new people. He enjoyed travel and he had the opportunity to take several trips since he retired from the Department of Corrections in 2004. He tolerated camping, but was a bit of a "city kid" who camped, likely for the "quality time" it gave us all to talk about old times and for him to tell stories we had heard a hundred times before.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna (Monfort) Lealos, his children Chris Lealos and Meagan Boyce, his nephew Ben Thames, and his beautiful grandbabies who were the lights of his life.
He was a bit old fashioned, still living the values of loyalty, trust, decency, and honor. A loving family man, wonderful provider, and faithful best friend, we will miss his warm heart and generosity. May he rest in peace until we meet again.
A very patriotic man proud of his service to our country, it seems fitting he be laid to rest with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery. Services will be held May 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
A remembrance Gathering will follow at the American Legion Post 14 in Vancouver.
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Published in The Columbian on May 16, 2013