Americo "Pico" Barella passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 2, 2013, just shortly after his 90th birthday. Pico was born in Tomales, CA and in his early years lived and worked in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. He joined the military at the age of 20 and is a World War II veteran who served with the US Army 3rd Infantry in China, Burma and India and was proudly assigned to Merrill's Marauders. Most of his life Pico lived in Healdsburg working for a local lumber mill and as a truck driver, retiring from Jameson Trucking. He was an avid bowler, bowling 2-3 times a week at Windsor Bowling Alley and later at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, NV. Pico loved watching football and was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. Pico was blessed with many friends who were more like family and always made those around him laugh and smile. Pico enjoyed life but found his greatest joy and pleasure in his grandchildren. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Pico is survived by his wife Bea of 53 years, children Ryan (Bari) Barella, Judy Barella, Butch (Dot) Johnson, and Marci (Gary) Alvey, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sister Annie Sanchietti and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1402 University St.) in Healdsburg, CA, on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Published in the Press Democrat from Apr. 17 to Apr. 20, 2013