Alfred Leval
Alfred Leval
Alfred Leval
Alfred Leval

Obituary of Alfred Eugene Joseph Leval

Alfred Joseph (Eugene) Sousa Leval, 90, passed peacefully at 1:18 pm June 8th , at Pete Moore Hospice House, Eugene, OR. Present at the time of his last breath were his daughter, Kim Leval, and his ex-wife, Lodene Grace, both of who he’d been reunited with in the past year. Kim moved him to Waterford Grand Retirement in Eugene in the spring of 2022. He loved it at Waterford and being so close to his daughter and family. He lived life to the fullest up to the end, even singing some of his favorite Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra tunes with his family surrounding him. Alfred, or “Al” as most family and friends called him, was born on October 17th, 1932, in San Leandro, California both his parents had immigrated to California from what was then the Territory of Hawaii. They were both from the Madeira-Portuguese Community in Hawaii. Al was one of three children. His brother Benedict “Bud” (wife June) and sister Lorraine Leval predeceased him. The three close siblings later lost their mother due to mental illness. Their grandmother and aunt, who lived across the street from each other, raised them. Dad graduated from San Leandro high school, served in the Navy for two years in the Korean conflict, and received several medals for his service on a minesweeper. In his formative early years, he played baseball on a contract in the minor Yankee feeder league for a team called the Georgia Peaches. After deciding that was no life for a family, he met his first wife (Coleen née McWilliams) and started one of his own. When he met Lodene at Chico State College, he was divorced with two kids (Mark and Lisa), had three years at Chico State, and was barbering after completing his barber college training. Fred (as mom always called him) and Lodene Anne (née Perry) were married in Chico on November 16th, 1963. They honeymooned in San Francisco –including a memorable evening at the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel– and traveled to Monterey and Hearst Castle in San Simeon. They made a home in Chico with Dad co-owning the Triangle Barber Shop with Dee Bennett and Mom working for Pacific Bell Telephone as an operator (yes, with the plug-in thingy-s). They welcomed their daughter, Kim Leval, on January 16th, 1967. Around 1972, he met his third wife, Andrea, after he and Lodene separated. Kim remembers Andrea, a nurse, as warm, fun-loving, and a great step-mom. Andrea had two children (Anita and Al). Kim would spend weeks in the summers swimming at their house in Chico and camping all over northern California and Oregon. Dad was always the first one up, making a full breakfast on the camp stove–scrambled eggs with linguiça, pancakes, hashbrowns, and bacon. The works! He loved cooking, especially for those he loved. Dad and Andrea moved the family to Bothell, WA, around 1977 and built their lives there. Dad played a lot of golf at Wayne Golf Course and worked as a custodian for the Bothell school district in environmental services. He was active in the union. Many friends in the golfing community also mourn his loss. Andrea passed away in 1998 from complications of MS after she and Dad had 26 loving years together and had just returned from their dream trip to Hawaii. Dad was in the hospital then, and Kim flew home to help him plan Andrea’s funeral. Later, he met Michalea “Mike” Starke through friends at Wayne Golf Course. In 2009, they welcomed a new puppy into their family. They adored their sweet Norwich Terrier, Misty, now 13! (Misty is now living with Kim and her husband, Pete, and with Goldie, their yellow lab, almost 3). We can still hear him calling them his “Big Girls, Big Girls!” Dad and Mike had many good years together. They cruised and traveled the world from Australia to Wales and on to Scotland, where they played golf on some of the best courses in the world. They were together until her passing in December 2018. Along the way, Ben Richards (son of friends from Wayne) became like a son to them. When Ben married Kiana, she was enveloped into the family, and so was their daughter, Zayla. Dad was excited about their new baby (a girl), due July 27th. Dad was cool. I mean, really cool–like an honorary member of the Rat Pack–cool. He said “doll” and “baby” a lot, but in a gentlemanly way that made you feel special. He had a deep resonating voice and could sing along with Dean, Louie, and Frank like the best of them. He was fun. Cracking jokes with his two best buds at Waterford, Bob, and Gerald, and the rest of us. He was funny. He loved playing bingo and phase 10 with his people at Waterford and loved everyone. He was kind and forgiving. He had a vast capacity to love that filled all our hearts, making the hole left by his absence that much easier. We are grateful to have had the time with him, especially this last year here in Eugene, where he loved us all. He was looking forward to a trip later in June to San Francisco with Lodene, Kim and Pete to meet their new grandbaby, Ethan, and to relive his honeymoon days with Lodene. He is survived by his second wife (and once again his sweetheart this past year), Lodene Grace, and his daughters Kim Leval and her sister, Susie Conley, who he “adopted” this last year. His son-in-law Pete Sorenson; Susie’s husband, Shawn Conley, and their two children, Wren and Logan; nephews David and Scott Leval and their families; Ben and Kiana Richards and their family; Kim and Pete’s extended family: Jennifer, Josh, Emma, Sam, Erik, Jessica, and new baby Ethan. Many extended family members, including a host of cousins. Also fondly remembering Al are his dear friends and neighbors Patty Ennis and her partner, Randy, and his friend and helper Oksana and her family, his good buddies Bob and Gerald, and his many friends and helpers at Waterford Grand. A Celebration of Life will be held this Thursday, June 15th, 2023, at Waterford Grand Retirement, 600 Waterford Way, Eugene, Oregon 97401. We will gather at 7 pm; the program begins at 7:30 pm and goes to sunset. The Reverend Hugh from Eugene Buddhist Priory will perform a Buddhist Ceremony to help share our love and gratitude for Dad. Dessert will be provided.

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