Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, Tony Joseph Diotalevi passed from this life on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Tony was born in Houston, Texas on March 31, 1964. He was raised all over the world in a military family and settled in Friendswood, Texas in 1979.
Tony joined the Army after graduating in 1981 from Friendswood High School and married Cassandra (Cassie) Bell in 1989 while stationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He graduated from Flight School in Ft. Rucker, Alabama and received his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University.
Tony served his country for twenty-four years in the United States Army, including flying helicopter missions all over the world with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the "Night Stalkers", in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, the Army's premier night fighting aviation force. Upon retiring from the military in 2006, he flew helicopters for private organizations in the United States and overseas in Abu Dhabi.
Tony is survived by his wife Cassie, his sons, Vincent of Ft. Carson, Colorado and Derrick of Houston Texas, and his parents, Tony and Benita Diotalevi of Friendswood, Texas, his sisters, Laura Giamfortone, Gina Gomez, and Marisa Diotalevi, his brother-in-law Manuel Gomez, and nieces and nephews, Louisa and Samuel Giamfortone, Victoria, Emily, Elaine and Matthew Gomez, and Ella Ezelle-Diotalevi.
Tony is a hero
to all of us.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 2422 Broadway, Pearland, Texas. The Rosary will follow at 7:00pm.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:30am and a reception to follow at Mary Queen Catholic Church in Friendswood, Texas, 606 Cedarwood Drive.
The interment will be at the Houston National Cemetery on Monday, October 28, at 12:30, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 22, 2013