TROY - Tony Arcidiacono, 88, of Troy, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness. He was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Orlando, Fla., to the late John and Bessie Arcidiacono.
He married the rock and love of his life, Barbara J. (Jenkins) Arcidiacono, on Aug. 8, 1948, in Rehoboth, Md.; and they recently celebrated their 65th anniversary.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, Tony is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Tonia (Arcidiacono) and Don Wogoman of Palm Bay, Fla., Debra (Arcidiacono) and Chris Koman of Springfield, and Renata Arcidiacono and Andre Nichols of Palm Bay, Fla.; one sister, Josie Daugherty of Lakewood, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Anthony Wogoman of Palm Bay, Fla., Monica Oates Wogoman of Syracuse, N.Y., Philip Morrow of New Carlisle, Sean Koman and Matthew Koman of Springfield, Angie Ray of Heath, Jackie Smith of Portland, Ore., Jamie Smith of Troy; 12 great-grandchildren, Brittany, Rylee and Aubrey Oates, Noah and Avery Morrow, Caitlin, Brandon, Brandee and Madison Koman, Natalie and Cooper Ray, and Adriona Phelps; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family, as well as many wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Alfia Kline, and his nephew, Larry Kline.
He was a U.S. Navy
Veteran of World War II
, having served on the USS North Carolina from 1942 to 1945. After the service, Tony graduated from the Hobart Welding School in Troy. He was a member of the UAW and the American Legion Post No. 43.
He retired after 37 years with General Motors
. Three words to sum up Tony's life would be: honest, strong and good-hearted.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, at Grace Baptist Church, Troy, with Pastor Joel Augustus of the First Christian Church in Springfield officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, with Veterans memorial honor guard services at the graveside. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com