Leonard B. Ratto
December 30, 1929 - April 12, 2012
Len entered into heaven's gate on April 12, 2012 in Modesto, CA at the age of 82. Born on December 30, 1929 in Alameda, CA he was the 9th child of Antone & Johanna Ratto. He was an All-American Athlete and Senior Class President at Alameda High in 1948. He gave up a football scholarship to Oregon State to tend to the family farming business while his brothers were completing their military service during World War II. In December 1951, Len served in the Air National Guard and the United States Air Force Reserve as an Airman Second Class until October 1953 in Spokane, Washington. Over the next 64 years he did what he loved to do, farming with his brothers and nephews at Ratto Bros. Inc. His hobbies include: farming, enjoying a glass of wine with family and friends, Sunday night family dinners, breakfast with his farmer friends, and a good game of dice and/or cards. He was a member of the Old Fisherman's Club, The Swiss-Italian Club, and St. Joseph's Parish. He was a proud man, who enjoyed growing vegetables, as well as spending time with his grandchildren.
Len is survived by his wife of 46 years, Virginia (Ginger). Their three daughters: Lisa Druet (Ric), Jana Armstrong (Eric), Kara Coleman (Tim). He was blessed with 6 grandchildren: Alec Druet, Brooke Druet, Thomas Armstrong, Tiago Armstrong, Tyler Coleman and Kathryn Coleman. His siblings: Catherine Buchl, Edwin Ratto, Joan Ciccarelli and Ann Gangl, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings; John (Jack) F. Ratto, Adelaide (Sis) Ciccarelli, Antone (Bud) Ratto Jr., Frank (Babe) J. Ratto, and Raymond Ratto Sr.
He was a wonderful husband, the best dad three girls could have been blessed with, and his generosity will forever be remembered.
Rosary will be held Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 6:30pm located at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Rd. Modesto, CA. The Funeral Mass will be Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:00am located at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Rd. Modesto, CA. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356. www.cvobituaries.com
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Published by Modesto Bee from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2012.