Soldotna resident Louis Robert Ledda, 77, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Central Peninsula Hospital from pulmonary failure.
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A funeral mass will be 12 noon Monday, Apr. 28, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Roger Bergkamp, OMI, will officiate. Viewing will be one hour prior to the mass at the church. He will be buried in the Soldotna Community Memorial Park. A reception will follow the burial at O'Neill Hall next to the church.
Lou was born April 6, 1937 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College in 1958. He also served in the Marine Corp Reserves.
Lou worked for Shell Oil Company in New Jersey and Houston, Texas from 1965-1991. He retired from Shell Oil at the age of 54. He received many awards during his employment with Shell Oil for administrative work and forms design.
Lou was raised Catholic and enjoyed fishing, cooking, photography, singing and eating.
"Dad was a loving son, father, husband, grandfather and a good provider. He was very animated in life. He loved his Italian heritage and enjoyed cooking and eating. He was a wonderful joke and storyteller. He especially loved his grandchildren. He had a wonderful singing voice and his last performance was just a couple of weeks ago at Heritage Place. By far, his favorite pastime was fishing. He fished 40-plus weekends a year on the Texas Gulf Coast with his son Bob until his health failed in the late 90s. He began visiting Alaska in 1986 with Bob and his first visit was a 4 night camping trip turned into 8 nights due to weather at Crescent Lake. It was a trip complete with good fishing, bears in camp, depleted food stores and all the usual Alaska adventure stuff. He had many more quality adventures with family in Alaska. His last 6 years were spent living at Heritage Place due to his severe lung disease and a rare case of blindness that afflicted him about 7 years ago. He loved his Heritage Place family as much as his own. He was gentle and kind and thankful despite his ailments, especially in his final days. We love you and miss you.
"Tight Line, Dad, Lou, Grampa Lou," his family said.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents, Lou and Jenny Ledda, and his ex-wife, Mary Ledda.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Suzanne Ledda of Soldotna; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanne and Chuck Osmond of Soldotna, Peggy and Vincent Guerandel of Tokyo, Japan, and Carolyn and Gilles Perry of Grenoble, France; grandchildren, Nat, Alex, Noah, Louis, Elyse, Gabrielle, Rachel, Audrey, Brett, Austin and Brandon; and daughter-in-law; Tyna Ledda of Sterling.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 25, 2014