Eddie Cletro passed away peacefully on Feb.2. He was 93 years old. He was born in 1918.
He was a self taught guitar picker, having learned to play all on his own when he
was 12 years old. He started performing when he was just a young teenager, finding a
fun way to make an extra buck.
In the ’50s, he was bandleader of a popular TV show called “Western Varieties.” The show
ran for six years.
In the ’60s, he and his band, his Roundup Boys, were regulars at the Beverly Wilshire hotel
in Beverly Hills. Through the years he played many events, with big names of the day. He was
also a recording artist. He was a proud lifetime member of the musicians union until his death.
He was loving father of two daughters, Diane Johnson, of Sonoma and Terri Cletro, of Sylmar; as
well as the loving father-in-law to Jim Johnson, of Sonoma and Marty Salvo.
He married his high school sweetheart, Wynne, and they enjoyed 54 happy years before
she died in 1992.
At the age of 80, he remarried his good friend Susan, and they enjoyed five happy years
of golf course living in Palm Springs before she passed away.
He moved to Sonoma in 2004, and lived with his daughter and son-in-law for eight
happy years. For a time, he was a member of the Vintage House singers. He continued to
sing and play his beloved 54 Gibson into his 90s.
His beautiful smile will be missed and remembered by all.
The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Hospice By The Bay, Eddie’s
loving caregivers, and Mercedes and Julius Vegvary.
Services will be held in Palm Desert at the Desert Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 9, at noon at Forest Lawn, Cathedral City.
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