Enrico S. "Rick" Davanzati, 82, of Butler passed away Saturday at his home.
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Born in Butler on July 13, 1931, he was the son of the late Gaspero and Corinna Rosellini Davanzati.
He was the founder and co-owner with his wife, Lois, and son, Mark, of Signs By Rick Inc.
He was one of the two founders of the Butler Road Race.
Rick was an avid cyclist, runner and turkey hunter.
He was a member of the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cabot, and was a former member of the St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Butler.
He also belonged to the Cubs A.S.A., the Butler-Freeport Community Trail, and the Wild Turkey Federation.
A veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
In 1969, Rick received the Carnegie Hero Award for saving Harry Leyland from a perilous fall on Nov. 20, 1968.
Rick is survived by his wife, Lois A. McCrea Davanzati, to whom he was married for 59 years; his four sons, Richard B. Davanzati and his wife, Michelle, of Butler, Mark S. Davanzati and his wife, Stacy, of Butler, David J. Davanzati and his wife, Nicholle, of Louisville, Ky., and Michael G. Davanzati and his wife, Joyce, of Sarver; his 13 grandchildren, and his four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, James D. Davanzati, and his infant brother.
Davanzati - The friends of Enrico S. "Rick" Davanzati, 82, of Butler, who passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014, will be received in the Martin Funeral Home, 429 Center Ave., Butler, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Ave., Butler. Burial will take place in St. Michael's Cemetery.
The Bereavement Group of the St. Michael the Archangel Parish will meet at the funeral home at 3 p.m. Tuesday to conduct a scriptural wake service.
For more information, please visit www.martinfh.net.
Martin Funeral Home
429 Center Ave Butler, PA 16001
Published in Butler Eagle on Mar. 31, 2014