Rocco Dettore, 93, formerly of Clarks Summit, died Aug. 19 at the Jersey Shore Center in Eatontown, N.J. He was the widower of the late Virginia Pistolese Dettore.
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Born in Clarks Summit, son of the late Philip and Janette Gabriel Dettore, Rocco was raised in Clarks Summit, enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1941. He was very proud of his time serving our country as a sergeant during World War II. He was assigned to the Flame Throwers and Demolition Platoon, 2nd Marine Division, 18th Battalion. Rocco participated in action against the enemy at Tarawa Atoll, Saipan and Tinian and Okinowa. He was wounded in action on the Island of Saipan. Rocco received the Certificate of Satisfaction, Presidential Unit Citations, Good Conduct Medal and Purple Heart during his enlistment.
Following an honorable discharge in 1945, he moved to Union, N.J. He attended the Essex County Vocational and Technical Institute in the automotive field. In 1948, he went to work for General Motors Buick Division, where he became director of service operations for Newark Buick, and retired in 1983 after 35 years of service.
Rocco was a talented bowler and golfer. He played in many tournaments in his younger years. He was a sports enthusiast, and derived great pleasure in watching baseball and football.
Rocco was a wonderful father who loved being with family and friends. He was courageous, gentle and caring, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are his daughter, Carol Lynn Matlack and her husband, John; two brothers, Philip Dettore and his wife, Lois; and Sam Dettore and his wife, Ruth; a sister, Joanne Bower; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Ann; his sister, Mary Chier; and a brother, Jim Dettore.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, by Monsignor James McGarry.
To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 27, 2014