Leroy Edward Bertucci
Sep. 03, 1930 – Dec. 29, 2015
Leroy “Roy” Bertucci, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home on December 29, 2015. He was born on September 3, 1930 to Roy and Adeline Bertucci in Antioch, CA. His family moved to San Jose, CA. in the 1940’s where Leroy attended San Jose High School. Leroy excelled in track and field, baseball and basketball and even had a scholarship to San Jose State University for baseball. After graduating from San Jose High School, Leroy found employment with American Can, stacking cans. It was during this time that he met the love of his life and future wife Leone Rasmusson. Leroy and Leone eloped to Sparks, Nevada and were married on April 30, 1951. Leroy was called to service and was inducted into the Armed Services on February 8, 1951. He trained at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA. He completed Sea School, June 23, 1952. He was commissioned to the USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) for it*s first Korean Tour, which extended from August 1952 to February 1953. He received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Medal for the Korea Tour. Roy was an Enlisted Volunteer Reserve in 1955, and received an Honorable Discharge February 13, 1960, with a rank of Lance Corporal. During Leroy*s tour of duty in the military, Leone gave birth to two sons. Once leaving the military and having two dependents, Leroy went back to work in the container business and joined National Can Corporation and worked in the warehouse. In 1959 Leone gave birth to their third son. In the early 60’s, Leroy became a journeyman electrician at National Can Corporation. His dedication and passion for his new found career offered him the position of head electrician for National Can Corporation at the Sunnyvale plant. He remained with National Can until his retirement. While living in San Jose and working for National Can Corporation, annual vacations were spent along the West Fork of the Carson River, most often staying at Sorensen*s Resort. The Bertucci Family had a close association with the Sorensen Family since the late 1920’s, and continued going to Sorensen*s Resort even after the change in ownership. The family had a love for Hope Valley, and when it was time to make a move from San Jose and retire in a dream location, Roy and Leone chose Carson Valley, where they moved in 1986. Overtime, all three boys and their families would move to settle in the Carson Valley. Leroy worked part time at Sorensen*s Resort as an electrician, and was also the local historian of Hope Valley. Leroy was an avid fly fisherman and would often show people how to fly fish. Leroy was awarded, by John Brissenden of Sorensen*s Resort, the prestigious title of “Mr. Hope Valley” in 1994. Roy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Leone; his three sons Lee (Cheryl), Dennis (Vickie), and Raymond; six grandchildren, Ryan, Curtis (Rachel), Jasen, Jacqueline, Lynette (Joel) Kruger, and Bryan; six great-grandchildren, Elijah, Emma, Trevor, Haley, Nathan and Taylor. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions in Leroy’s memory to “The Friends of Hope Valley”, P.O. Box 431, Markleeville, Ca. 96120.