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January 25, 1932 - March 7, 2020
Alejo T. de la Cruz, Jr. drew his final breath surrounded by the tender loving vigilance of his family late Saturday, March 7, 2020 at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
Alejo was battling lung cancer since September of last year but with God’s grace, he was able to usher in the Leap Year and celebrate his 88th birthday with family.
Alejo was born on January 25, 1932 in Davao City, Philippines to Pilar (Talana) and Alejo de la Cruz, Sr. who both preceded him in death. January 25th also marked his 59th wedding anniversary with Imelda (Gaborne) de la Cruz who survives in Lima, Ohio.
Alejo graduated from Davao City High School in 1949 before graduating from National University of Manila, Philippines in 1953 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Davao Light & Power Co. for over 30 years and took an early retirement as Superintendent of his department before migrating to the United States with his family in 1985.
The family lived in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Lima, Ohio in 2004 after Imelda’s retirement for a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the Windy City.
His quest for adventure included a range of activities such as archery, scuba diving, hunting, running, Judo and his love for dancing. One of his peak achievements was climbing Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, with his eldest son in 1979.
Alejo was recognized as a community builder who took on leadership roles in the Midwest Davao Association of Chicago and was the founder of the Northwestern Ohio Filipino American Association (NOFAA) in Lima. In addition to preserving family ties to the Filipino culture and traditions, Alejo maintained a strong prayer life through his active involvement in the Fatima devotion with Banal na Pagaaral. As a strong-willed character within his close-knit community, Alejo will be fondly remembered as Grandpa to many.
He is survived by his 6 children, Maria (Dr. Magdalino)Tatad, Sophia (Ariel) Abia, Alejo de la Cruz, III, Joseph de la Cruz, Mary Ann de la Cruz and Christina (Gerardo) Abarca; his 13 grandchildren, Keith (Nicki), Angel (Gavin Saine) and Kyle Tatad; Jillian Abia; Alexandra de la Cruz; Destinee (Eric Acevedo) and Madison de la Cruz and Natalia Agudelo; Macsen and Angharad Evans; Stella, Leila and Eli Abarca; and his 2 great grandchildren, Mateo and Dennis Acevedo. He was one of 10 children and his living siblings include Amparo Estuart and Romeo de la Cruz.
Visitation will take place on Friday, March 13th from 2:00pm to 8:00pm with a Wake Service to follow in Shawnee Chapel at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 14th at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Alejo’s body will be cremated and his family will conduct a memorial life celebration at a later date in Chicago, Illinois where his remains will be laid to rest.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.