Leo L. Curcuro of Cuba, Missouri was born Wednesday, December 1, 1937 at East St. Louis, Illinois to William and Carmen (nee Joshu) Curcuro and passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the age of 82 years.
Leo proudly served one tour in the United States Marine Corp.
At the young age of 16, Leo started bull riding in different rodeos around the state and country. At the age of 29 he earned the Championship Bull Riders Buckle. Somewhere in his early 30’s, Leo retired from bull riding.
Also, at the age of 16, Leo started working with horses. Over the next 50 years he would become a trainer, assistant starter, tattoo tech and he worked at Fairmount Racetrack, Fairmount City, Illinois for many years before retiring.
Leo was an avid fan of all sports, but he was a devout lifetime fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. For the last 10 years, Leo has coached grade schoolgirls softball, boy’s baseball and boys’ basketball.
Leo and Jeanette were member of Amazing Grace Fellowship Church of Cuba, Missouri and they enjoyed going to the river.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Carmen Curcuro; and siblings.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jeanette Curcuro of the home; four children, Tammy Parnell of Myrtle Beach South Carolina, Tammy and husband Mickey Malone of Justin, Texas, Mike Hicks of New York and Scott Hicks of Rolla; three grandchildren, Alec Parnell of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Justin Malone of Justin, Texas and Matt Hicks of Salem, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie and husband Dennis McDonald of Rolla, Missouri and Nancy and husband Jim Townzen of Reno, Nevada; special nephew, Josh and wife Laura McDonald of Cuba, Missouri; great nieces and nephew, Ciara McDonald and fiancé Nathan Todd, Kylee McDonald, Maci McDonald and Logan McDonald; other relatives and friends.
In keeping with Leo’s wishes he was cremated and no services will be held.
Leo spent his life telling jokes that made people laugh until they cried. He wants to be remembered for the laughter.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
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