Ralph Leija

September 17, 1949 ~ February 21, 2019 (age 69)

Ralph Leija, 69, of rural Wauseon was called to his heavenly home Thursday, February 21, 2019, in his home. Ralph was born in Matamoros, Taumalipas MX but became a Naturalized US Citizen on November 15, 1966. Ralph was the son of the late Rafael Leija and Maria (Vasquez) Leija. On May 31, 1971, he married Noemi Jaramillo and she survives.

Ralph was an ordained Elder and a founding member of Living Water Church fka Tedrow Assembly of God. Ralph worked at Young Spring & Wire for over 30 years and when it closed its doors, he was hired at Haas Door until end of 2010. Ralph was a well known mechanic and built custom trailers out of his own shop, R & R located in Tedrow.

Ralph will be remembered as a husband, father, and grandfather that loved to tease and joke! “If you need more power from an outlet just use the top plug instead of the bottom plug because the top one gives you more power!” That was one of the last tip given to a dear friend not too long ago.

Also surviving is one daughter, Mimi Leija of Wauseon, one son, Ralph (Jessica) Leija III of Wauseon, three granddaughters Choopies (Ariana), Tiger (Shelbi) and Dinosaur (Lilly); one sister, Guadalupe (Matias) Perez of Mercedes TX, 3 nieces and 4 nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his father, Rafael Leija, and a nephew Matias Perez IV.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 11:00 AM, at the Living Water Church, 412 Main St., Wauseon (Tedrow), OH, with Bishop Chaz Boes and Pastor Mimi Leija, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pettisville Cemetery.  The family will receive visitors on Monday, February 25, 2019, from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM, at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon.  Online condolences to the family may be offered at  

The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Living Water Church of Tedrow.  The Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon has been honored with Ralph's care and arrangements.

Donations may be made to:

Living Water Church
412 Main St., Wauseon OH 43567

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