Loreto Abad Escobar
Loreto Abad Escobar
  • December 10, 1945 - October 24, 2017
  • Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake - In the early hours of October 24, 2017, Loreto Abad Escobar, 71, of Chesapeake VA went home to the Lord after a courageous 3-year battle with lung and bile duct cancer. He was in his home with his wife and daughter. He was a kind-hearted, funny, caring, and generous husband, father, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed.

Loreto had a humble beginning in Manila Philippines. He was the son of Maxima and Jose Escobar and was the third oldest of their twelve children. After graduating from University of Manila with a Criminal Justice degree, he started his career in the Philippine Constabulary. From there, he moved to the United States and went on to honorably serve in the U.S. Army where he was in the front line of the Korean DMZ and eventually retired from Federal Service after 14 years in 1990. He was very proud to have served his country.

Lory, as his family called him, was a man of faith that was incredibly devoted to his family. He lived by the motto 'Never Give Up' and instilled this belief and positive attitude to all those who were close to him. His joy and love of life could be especially felt when he sang or played his guitar; during family gatherings as he would spend all night laughing and singing karaoke with his family. His mission in life was truly fulfilled.

He is survived by his loving wife Mitsuko Kato-Escobar; his always 'little girl' Luisa Escobar; only sister Aida Maristela and her husband Paul; and eight brothers Edgardo, Rogelio and his wife Merle, Serafin and wife Bernadette, Efren and wife Isabel, Ruben Escobar and wife Celia, Ernesto and wife Maria, Nestor and wife Annie, and Rodrigo and wife Ma Theresa.

Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm at the Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home on November 4, 2017, reception to follow. Graveside service will be held in December. Specific details to be later shared by his family.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Oct. 29, 2017