STEPHEN JOHN MACHINGO, SR.
Steve was born February 2, 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio. A resident of West Hills, CA for 55 years he died peacefully the morning of March 3, 2014 after a short illness.
In 1942 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. While proudly serving in the South Pacific as a tank commander he was wounded in action, in Guam, and awarded the Purple Heart. He is remembered in Guam on the Memorial Wall at Asan Bay Overlook. Once a Marine, Always a Marine.
He moved to California with his family in 1956 and worked as a plumber until his retirement in 1982. Steve's favorite pastimes included fishing and bowling. As an avid fisherman he spent long hours with his sons and son-in-law waiting for the fish to bite. Opening day at Lake Crowley was a favorite. He bowled in various leagues until he was 93 during which time he won numerous trophies and awards. He shared the sport with his wife, his grandchildren and many friends. He loved traveling with his wife, Amelia. Together they travelled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Amelia; and his son, Stephen John Machingo, Jr. Steve is survived by his children, Joan Hutter (Frank), Anne Kaz(Richard), Jean O'Hara (Thomas), Margaret Puett (Joseph) and Thomas Machingo. He also leaves grandchildren, Corinne, Kristin and Karoline Kaz; Thomas (Mindi), Kathryn and Brett O'Hara; and Michael and Gregory Puett.
A family graveside service with Marine Honor Guard was held on March 19, 2014 at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, CA. Donations in his name can be made to The Wounded Warriors Project www.woundedwarriorsproject.org.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News from May 11 to May 13, 2014