It is with a heavy heart we announce Ciro ‘Poppy’ Cadena sadly passed away at his home on the morning of Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Ciro was 91 years old. He was in the company of his daughter.
He was born on January 27, 1929, in Oilton, Texas to Inocencio & Inez (Guevara) Cadena. He was the oldest of five. His mother & father, brother Samuel Cadena and sisters E. Cadena & Ruth (Cadena) Isabell have preceded him in death.
He was very well liked by anyone that he met. He had a certain charisma that everyone immediately fell in love with. He was a graduate of Laredo Community College where he studied business and finance. He had a successful career in banking and finance. He retired from the Arizona IRS. His knowledge of finance was one of his many passions.
He was also an avid supporter of the Republican party and was quite involved. He ran for Councilman in Holland, Michigan while residing there. He was good friends with long running Governor of Michigan, William Milliken and Former President Gerald Ford.
He enjoyed spending time with his family. His interested included reading, traveling, mountain hikes, playing golf & viewing stars & planets through his giant telescope.
He loved going out to eat. Some of his favorite places included, Mimi’s Bistro and Lawry’s Prime Rib. He had a sweet tooth for anything pumpkin spice & loved a good hearty brunch with a stack of pancakes & fresh berries. His favorite dinner was prime rib steak with a loaded sweet potato.
He married Olga ‘Alicia’ Banda after meeting in a drug store soda shop in Texas. They married in 1953. They moved from Texas to Michigan and resided in Michigan for several years and then retiring in Arizona and Nevada. They were married for 59 years at the time of her death on June 24, 2012.
He proudly served in the Army during the Korean War. He was so proud to have served his country. He was active in the Las Vegas VFW and was a prior Post Commander of VFW Post 8250 in Las Vegas, NV.
He had special relationship with his daughter, they were very close. They enjoyed spending time together and confided in one another. They always made each other laugh and he would often be entertained by ‘SnapChat’ filters and nicknamed Popparazzi. He and his grandson also shared a very special bond. They were also very close and enjoyed the time spent together.
He leaves behind his grandson, Ryan Berkompas, daughter Ann Cadena & his grand dog, LeAire. He also leaves behind, 2 sisters, Lydia Farley & Patsy Brandsen, along with several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 1:20pm. He loved the mountains, so a tree will be planted in his name at Lone Mountain Park, Las Vegas Nevada. A gathering will be held to celebrate his life in the 2021