Joseph Paul Raspante

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Raspante, Joseph Paul Joseph Paul Raspante completed his earthly journey on Saturday, November 24, 2012, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Celebration services will be held Wednesday, November 28th at Calvary Hill Mausoleum North Chapel in Dallas, Texas at twelve noon with graveside services immediately following. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home, 11466 Honor Lane in Tyler, Texas, officiated by The Reverend David A. Luckenbach. Joe was born on March 22, 1922 in Fort Worth, Texas to Mary Basso and Nicholas Iano Raspante, both immigrants from Sicily. He was raised in Bossier City, Louisiana. Joe served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 until 1947 on the U.S.S. Wharton, the U.S.S. Mullany, and the U.S.S. Arcadia. He received many medals of honor as a result of his faithful service. He married the love of his life, Marie Louise Farina on December 28, 1947, and they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this December. They made their home in Irving, Texas where they raised their family and made lifetime friends. Joe faithfully served as an active member of St. Luke's Catholic Church for 65 years. He enjoyed serving others as a member of The Knights of Columbus. For the last 10 months, Joe happily resided at The Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler, Texas. Joe enjoyed fishing and gardening and watching the Texas Rangers, but he loved his family, friends and country most of all. Joe was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. If you ever had the pleasure of crossing paths with him, you would say that he was one of the nicest and most energetic guys you had ever met. He was forever cheerful and optimistic and met everyone with a witty story to brighten their day. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Morris, Ross, Victor and Anthony and sisters Margaret Rogers and Genevieve Sauviac. Surviving to cherish Joe's memory is his wife Marie; son, Donny Raspante and wife Pat; daughter, Mary Lou Walker and husband Bill; daughter, Lucy Carr and husband John; daughter, Kathy Rushton; son, Carl Raspante; grandchildren, Joseph Raspante, Chris Raspante and wife Camille; Doug Walker and wife Amy, Adria Walker Hoyle and husband Jason; Nicole Rushton; Jeanifer Raspante; Megan Carr Douthat and husband Ned, and Hunter Carr; great grandchildren, Taylor, Bobby, Landry, Colton, Aaron, and Marsh; several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. Pallbearers will be Joey Raspante, Chris Raspante, Doug Walker, Jason Hoyle, Hunter Carr, Ned Douthat, Gary Farina, Tim Farina and Tom Niffenegger. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Kent Davis, Dr. Bruce Harrell, and Dr. Chiagozie Nwasuruba, and his many wonderful caregivers. If desired, memorials may be given to Texas Wounded Warriors at 4301 Fillbrook Lane Tyler, Texas 75707 or Dallas Heritage Village at www.dallasheritagevillage.org.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 27, 2012
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