Pedro Llanas Sr.

April 19, 1929 – Oct. 17, 2010

Pedro Llanas Sr. of Waukesha gracefully left this world Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home with his loving family by his side. He was 81. He was born April 19, 1929, in Lockhart, Texas, the son of Amador and Rosa (Balandran) Llanas.

Pedro moved to Wisconsin from Texas with his family as a young boy, first living in Green Bay and later moving to Waukesha, where he met his wife, Olivia Arreazola. They married June 23, 1951, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, where he was stationed in Japan for three years. He retired from International Harvester, where he worked for 43 years. He was a charter member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of D.J. Martin American Legion Post 8. Both the Llanas and Arreazola families were featured in the book "Latino’s in Waukesha" as being among the first Hispanic families to settle in Waukesha.

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Olivia, along with their children, Peter A. (Donna) Llanas of the town of Genesee, Irene Llanas of Waukesha, Ray (Molly) Llanas of Waukesha, Dean (Sue) Llanas of Waukesha, Mary (Dave) Nadolny of Waukesha and Emy (Marty) Wood of Waukesha. He was the dear grandfather of Corrina, Peter, Dean, Heather, Etta, Emily, Erin, Haley, Destry, Sara, Ian, Rachel and Jordan Mae, and great-grandfather of Lola, Greyden, Luna, Olivia and baby Andre, who is due in November. He is further survived by his sisters, Mary (Alfredo) Marquez of Waukesha, Jane (Frank) Marchan of Waukesha, Fidela Ybarra of El Paso, Texas, and Susie (Santos) Gomez of Milwaukee; brothers, Angelo Llanas of Waukesha, Pablo Llanas of Muskego, Inez (Carmen) Llanas of Waukesha, Walter (Angie) Llanas of Waukesha, Isidro (Dora) Llanas of Waukesha and Charlie Llanas of Waukesha; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, John Mark; brothers, Christobal Llanas and Juan Llanas; sisters, Josefina Llanas and Socorro Torres; sisters-inlaw, Frances Llanas, Janie Llanas and Sara Llanas; as well as his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, with a vigil service at 8 p.m. Services continue at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the funeral home, followed by a procession to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.