Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ralph Lawrence DiTucci, 87, of O'Fallon, Ill., born Nov. 9, 1928, in Manhattan, New York, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, surrounded by family and friends at his home.
Ralph proudly served his country for 24 years, serving in both World War II and the Vietnam War. In addition to his country, Ralph was dedicated to his church, family and friends. He was a member of St. Nicholas Church in O'Fallon, Ill. He loved history, children, and was proud of the years that he mentored at Jefferson School. He loved to read, scripture classes, crossword puzzles, and traveling. He always listened attentively and had a kind word to say to others. He will be dearly missed.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Emma, nee Dazet, DiTucci; his stepmother, Earline, nee McCoy, DiTucci; and brothers, Joseph and Richard DiTucci.
Surviving are his wife, Diane, nee Bechtoldt, DiTucci; sister, Loretta Ellington; nieces and nephews, Diane (Michael) Teneriello, Dr. Joseph (Sharon) Ellington, Robert (Suad) Ellington, Denise (John) Kobryn, Marianne (Greg) Ferguson, Richard DiTucci; and godchild, Jamie Bechtoldt.
Memorials may be made to the Ministry to the Sick and Aged; or Catholic Urban Programs; or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting mollfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at the Moll Funeral Home in Mascoutah, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O'Fallon, Ill.
Funeral: A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church with Msgr. William Hitpas officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
MOLL FUNERAL HOME, Mascoutah, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 6, 2015