PEORIA - Giordano Baldovin, 91, of Peoria, formerly of Vancouver, Wash., passed away Friday, May 23, 2014, at Heritage Health in Chillicothe, Ill.
He was born in Panama, Ill., on Oct. 22, 1922, to Joe and Mamie (Roseman) Baldovin. He married Dorothy M. Wagster on July 24, 1950, at First Baptist Church in Tacoma, Wash. Dorothy preceded him in death on March 5, 1989.
After he left school, Giordano, affectionately known as "Jiggs," served a short time in the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, and in 1941 he left Panama to enlist in the Army, where he served his country honorably for 22 years, including the Medical Corps in World War II, the Korean War and then as an Army recruiting officer.
After retiring from the service, he worked at Rayonier Paper Mill in Port Angeles, and although he lived some 2,000 miles from Illinois, he never forgot where his roots were, and a big part of his heart was always back here.
He especially looked forward to coming back to Panama for the Memorial Day celebrations and reuniting with his family and friends.
He had an incredible memory of the people, places and happenings during the time he was growing up, and he loved reminiscing about them.
Surviving are two children, James (Susan) Baldovin and Becky Graves, both of Washington; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice (William) Carpenter of Peoria, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Sally Baldovin of Morton, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dante, Debs, Virgil and Delmo; and sisters, Dolores, Aida and Marcella.
What a great reunion going on in heaven today!
Military services for Giordano were held Friday, June 6, at 1 p.m. in Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.