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Leroy Frankie Avila January 4, 1946 - May 29, 2022

January 1946 ~ May 2022

Leroy was born on January 4, 1946 in Turlock to Alexander and Louise Avila.  He owned and operated Leroy’s Alignment and Brakes in Hilmar from 1979-2020.  He really loved his job, he took pride in his work and  enjoyed his customers. His shop was open to all, whether you needed something fixed or just came in to hangout and have great conversations. Leroy’s hobbies included fishing, water skiing, hunting and playing horse shoes and corn hole.  Most importantly, he treasured time spent with friends and family. 

Leroy is survived by his children Teresa (Brent) Souza, Rick (Chanel) Casqueira, Heather (Eric) Cope and Kevin (Amanda) Parmley; sister Valerie Avila; twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents Louise and Alexander Avila; siblings Virginia Sexton, Duane Avila, Dolores Wooldridge and Stanley Avila; and son Leroy Avila. 

Visitation will be held at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 5:00-7:00p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 10:00a.m. with interment to follow at Hilmar Cemetery.

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  1. Kathy Flowers says

    To Teresa and family,

    I am just now learning of your dad’s passing. I’m sorry I didn’t know sooner, Teresa.

    I think I can safely say he enjoyed a life of family that he loved, many friends to share adventures and stories with, and worked at what he was good at and liked. Hills and valleys in life make the little things sweeter to lighten the bitter. I think he would say he had a good life…what we all want to be able to say in the end. He had you and “little” Leroy to carry on his legacy. You now carry that legacy, after losing Leroy tragically in 2016, but I believe “little” Leroy is with you now and walking beside you as you walk this road and grieve for your dad. I know he loved you both very much.

    My sincere sympathies for your loss, Teresa. So very, very sorry. Think of you often and wish only the best for you and your family.
    Love you,
    Kathy and Flowers family

  2. Daniel Enes says

    I can recall cutting threw the back alley behind the shop on my way to school. The alley gate already open and shop door rolled up and Leroy working away. I’d often stop in and stay for the day cutting school and learning about camber, caster, toe and the traditional ways of lowering/raising vehicles he’d never run me off. A true craftsman and perfectionist when it came to setting up a vehicle to track down the road better than it came new. The adult stories I heard and the backbone of such a small framed man with the heart of lion would set anyone straight in their place if they were outta line. He conducted business as Leroy and if you didn’t like it”¦. right down the road he would send you”¦ probably to never return. He was highly respected in the community and in the trade and for those within the circle got to see how great of a man he was. I thank you for allowing me to tuck myself in that shop for days and teach me things I truly loved to learn as a little squirt. Stories I will keep fresh in my mouth and pass on as they should be. An absolute Ace of a man! Condolences to family and all who mourn the passing of Leroy Avila.

  3. Stacy Phelps says

    Teresa, Alex & family,
    Your Dad/Grandpa touched my heart in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Hugs to you all,
    Stacy Phelps

  4. Charlene says

    I am so sorry for your loss Teresa, lots of memories with your dad, he would let us take his cool truck up tow. And drive my pinto wherever he went! Great memories! He was a Hilmar legend for sure❤️

  5. Carolyn says

    So sorry for your loss. Leroy was a classmate and I haven’t seen him years but would think of him while driving by his shop

  6. Darold perry says

    So sorry for your loss.

  7. Beatrice Taylor says

    I am also for your loss, your dad was a great person. I haven’t seen him in a long time, but he always was a great man

  8. Loretta says

    Teresa and family,
    May our Lord give you strength during t how difficult time. God Bless

  9. Deus Carol says

    I’m so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Dan Perry says

    Sorry for your loss

  11. Paul Danbom says

    I am very sorry for your loss”¦Leroy was one of my favorite people to visit with, my uncle James Brindeiro and I spent many of afternoons in his shop Visiting about cars and the old days”¦ I am very said”¦

  12. Roxann and Glenn says

    I am going to miss you so much, loved you so much, you are such an amazing man and our family is so grateful to have had you part of our family, Neil and Donna thought the world of you also, you were an amazing SON-in-law! See you on the other side

  13. Angela Collins says

    Teresa, I’m so sorry for your daddy’s long struggle these past couple years. Life just doesn’t seem fair. I’m certain he fought as long as he could. I pray for your peace and rest now. He is with our Heavenly Father and his suffering is behind him.

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