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First English Baptist Church
Saturday November 19th, 2016

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Leon Frank Salada

Leon F. Salada, age 92, 1121 Ridge Road, Bloomsburg (Lightstreet), died at 7:32 a. m. Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Signature Health Care of Bloomsburg in Scott Township where he resided since October 27, 2015.

Born in Shenandoah on January 7, 1924, he was a son of the late Victor and Cassie (Ruchys) Czulada. He resided in Bloomsburg and Lightstreet since 1956. He was a graduate of Cooper High School, Shenandoah in 1941.

Leon served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 36 years, retiring in 1985. During his career he was stationed in Dunmore, Towanda, Indiantown Gap, Bethlehem,  Erie and Hazleton. At the time of his retirement, he was in charge of the I-80 detail with 300 people under him. His rank when he retired was a lieutenant. One of the highlights of his career was the Benefield murder case in Centralia, which he was credited with solving.

He attended the First English Baptist Church, Bloomsburg and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Leon and his wife traveled all over the world following retirement, visiting five continents.

Leon served in World War II with the US Army Signal Corps, participating in the China-Burma campaign. He was a member of the Valley of Bloomsburg Post 273, American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Helene M. Baskeyfield, on January 30, 2016, severing a marriage of 64 years. He was the last of a family of eight children.

Surviving are his daughter, Gwen, wife of Luis Vargas, Ph.D., Pittsburgh; two grandsons: Dominic Vargas, and his wife Maggie and Daniel Vargas, all of Pittsburgh.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 11:00 a. m.  in the First English Baptist Church, 700 Millville Road, Bloomsburg, with the Church pastor, Rev. Dr. L. Lee Barnhardt officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the combined VFW veterans group.

Interment will be made with State Police Honors in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 market Street, Bloomsburg.

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Dear Gwen and family, I will always remember the kindness of your mother and father. It is hard to lose them, but your father is now reunited with your mother. I am unable to attend the service due to a recent accident, but I will be thinking of you on Saturday.
May God continue to keep you in His care.

Arla Billig Keller Nov 18 2016 12:00 AM

Gwen what a wonderful father u had I so loved him I enjoyed the short time I had to know and to take care of him. Was really hard not to be there for him at tbe end I am so sorry for that but I had a chance to get to see him and talk with him and still see his lovely smile. I am so happy he is home with his wife. What a wonderful couple. God Bless You and your family.

Barbara Keeler Nov 17 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leon Salada

Barbara and Miranda Nov 17 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leon Salada

Diana M. Shumate (Tulpinski) Nov 9 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Gwen,
We are so sorry to learn that your father passed away, and that you lost your mother this year as well. Sadly, we lost touch with Leon and Helene after we moved away from our Lightstreet Road home. We will always remember your parents as good people and we are grateful to have had them as neighbors. Sending you and your family sincere, deepest sympathy and Peace. Love, Brad and Katy Miller, Bloomsburg

Brad and Katy Miller Nov 7 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Leon Salada

Dana Sisco Nov 7 2016 12:00 AM

Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Dana Sisco Nov 7 2016 12:00 AM

So go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me

Author unknown.

Rita Nov 4 2016 12:00 AM