Frank V. (Tex Valen) Amato

Frank V. Amato of West Pittston passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

Born in Swoyersville, he was the son of the late Antonio and Lena Furino Amato of West Wyoming. He attended Swoyersville schools.

Frank was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific Theater as a gunner aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga during World War II.

When he returned home from the war, he and his brothers formed the AA Construction Co. It was then he launched his career in country music, which spanned nearly 50 years. He was once known as "The Pennsylvania King of Country Music." He shared the stage with country greats such as Hank Williams, Ernie Tubbs, Eddie Arnold, Willie Nelson, Faron Young and many others. He recorded 18 singles, two of which hit the top 10 in the country. Tex's idol was the Lone Ranger.

In his prime, Tex appeared on television and radio shows in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and also did USO tours, taking him to military bases in Newfoundland, Greenland and the countries of France, Germany and Italy. He performed in nightclubs from Boston to Florida.

If Tex wasn't building or remodeling houses, he was playing his "good old country music." He was truly a legend in his time.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Robert; brothers, Luciano, Menzion, Anthony and Patrick Amato; and sister, Vivian Pugh.

Surviving are his spouse and love of his life, Patricia A. Evans; daughter, Annette DiCrecio and husband, Fred; granddaughters, Christine Ktytor and husband, Jerry, and Heather Studenroth and husband, Tom; great-grandchildren, Josh, Jill, Shawna and Jayden; brothers, Joseph Amato and wife, Agnes, and Michael Amato; sisters, Marion Heck and husband, Edward, Antoinette Cheskiewicz and Rosemarie Ranieli; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Anthony Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, St. Monica's Parish, West Wyoming.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.

Funeral Home

Recupero Funeral Home
406 Susquehanna Ave West Pittston, PA 18643
(570) 654-4801

Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 16, 2014