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Leo Richetta
August 8, 1925-July 31, 2022
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Leo was born on August 8, 1925 in Stockton, CA to Amadeo and Edith Richetta. Except for the 2+ years he served in the military in World War II, he lived his life of almost 97 years on the ranch that his father homesteaded in Manteca.

    He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Nellie; his parents, in-laws and son-in-law , Gary Bumgarner.  

   Leo is survived by his loving family, children  Katheryn Foster, Gayle Bumgarner, Dayle Peterson (Greg) and Richard Richetta (Thierry), grandchildren, Leo (Tammy) and Kim Foster, Heather (Miguel) Medina, Shawn Bumgarner, Desi (Caleb) Walker, Mandi (Lionel) Peterson, Saundi (Mike) Woodall and Josh (Michele) Peterson; great-grandchildren, Nate, Haley, Nicole, Matthew, Logan, Payton, Ezra, Violet, Ben, Aribella and Lucas,  and great--great-grandchild, Harper.

   Leo attended Manteca High School where he excelled in football, baseball, boxing and track field.  After graduation in 1943, Leo enlisted in the military and fought in WWII. He landed in Normandy five days after D-Day and fought in four major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded 4 medals of honor, including the Purple Heart medal. He was honorably discharged March 24, 1946.  Leo was a very active throughout his life and had many interests. He was a carpenter and farmer. He was a member of the Carpenters Union, American Legion, Elks Lodge, and Big Valley Sam’s RV club. He enjoyed square dancing, golfing, bowling and all sports in general. He loved tending to his horses, trail riding and attending horse shows. He was a very generous person that was always ready to help anyone out. Leo will be dearly missed by all those who loved and cared for him.

   Leo will be laid to rest October 6, 2022 at 11:30 with his beloved wife, Nellie, at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, CA. A reception will be held afterward at 12:30 at “Pea Soup” Andersen’s Restaurant in Santa Nella. For direct condolences to the family visit Leo’s online tribute page at

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Manteca Historical Society,

600 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA 95337.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Saturday October 1, 2022