Luis Abad Miranda
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Luis Abad Miranda
  • October 11, 1926 - January 21, 2018
  • California

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Luis Miranda was born in Santiago, Ilocus Sur, Philippines. Luis felt a strong sense of duty and loyalty to the United States of America after American forces defended and liberated the Philippines from invading Japanese forces in the early 1940's. Luis joined the US Navy in 1946 and served honorably on various ships and ports for the next 30 years. He was an enlisted man in the Navy and rose to the highest enlisted rank at the time, Chief Petty Officer (CPO). Luis received several commendations and was especially distinguished in 1971 for professionalism and dedication to duty from the commanding officer at Subic Bay Naval Supply Depot, Philippines. The commanding officer noted his "lifetime devotion to duty, sacrifice, and dedication to country".

Following his retirement from the US Navy, he joined John Hancock Insurance and was an accomplished insurance advisor for nine years in Modesto. Luis enjoyed bowling, chess, watching Dodgers baseball, watching Cowboys football, and going to Thunder Valley casino. Luis enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Luis was most happy when his children and grandchildren were graduating from school at any level.

Luis had two children during his first marriage while stationed in Annapolis, Maryland. Luis was very proud of his two children, Marie (Patty) born 1955 and Luis (Jr) born 1957. Patty has two children (Ronnie and Edwin). Luis Jr (wife Linda Miranda) also has two children (Martin and Marcus).
In 1972, Luis married Imelda DePeralta, who was also from Santiago. Luis was also very proud of his two children, James (born 1973, wife Christina Miranda) and Michael (born 1976, wife Liz Garcia). James has two children (Teilani and Orion). Luis and Imelda were married for 45 years.
He was very proud of the accomplishments of all of his children and grandchildren.
Luis is also survived by his brother Terry Miranda. He was preceded in death by his father Balbino, mother Maria, sister Carlina, brother Pedro, and brother Crispulo. Luis had numerous nieces and nephews who were also very special to him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Luis Miranda may be sent to Veterans of Foreign Wars (www.vfw.org). A vigil prayer service will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home (900 Santa Fe Ave. Hughson, CA 95326) on January 30, 2018. The visitation starts at 4 pm followed by rosary from 6 to 8 pm.

Father Mark Wagner will celebrate the funeral mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355) at 10:00 am on January 31, 2018. A reception will follow the mass at Father O'Hare Hall behind the church. A private burial service with full military honors will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA.