SAVANNAH - One of the Greatest Generation, Orfeo E. "Gus" Agostini, 84, formerly of Hinesville, died March 7, at Savannah Square, Savannah, following a brief illness.
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He was born in Renovo, Penn., on April 13, 1924, a son of the late Luigi Agostini and Mary Muffie Agostini. Orfeo was a 1942 graduate of Strong Vincent High School. He entered the United States Army in 1942 and defended our country in World War II, where he saw action at The Battle of the Bulge. He served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was a highly decorated veteran and retired in 1976, having served for 34 years. A few of his decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was very proud of his military service. He then worked for the Corps of Engineers and the Civil Service at Fort Stewart until his retirement in 1993.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Yvette, who died in October 2008, and a brother, J.J. "Rusty" Agostine, who died in July 2008.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary Agostini Harrell and her husband, Chris; grandsons, Jack and Clay Harrell; brother, Louis Agostini and his wife, Marilee; sister-in-law, Theresa Agostine; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no visitation hours.
A burial service is scheduled for Arlington National Cemetery on March 19 at 2 p.m.
Richmond Hill Funeral Home, Cox Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Coastal Courier from March 12 to March 18, 2009