Colombo, Louis G.
Feb. 20, 1919 - Sep. 8, 2013
Louis G. Colombo of Venice, Florida, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2013 from pneumonia. He was born on February 20, 1919 in New York City, the son of Anthony Colombo and Mary LaGuardia. He enlisted into the U.S. Army
Air Corps on April 17, 1943 and graduated from Bombardier Training School, becoming an instructor. He married Genevieve Yantz of New York in Walla Walla, Washington. He was placed in the 353rd bomb squadron, 301st bomb group of the 15th Air Force as a bombardier on a B-17 plane called "Miscarriage." He was stationed in Foggia, Italy and flew 9 missions as a Second Lieutenant. His B-17 was shot down while on mission to bomb a German ball bearing factory in Stuttgart, Germany. The crew bailed out at 25,000 feet and were captured by German soldiers and placed in a German concentration camp, Stalag Lieu #1 in Barth, Austria on February 25, 1944. Louis spent 15 months in harsh conditions, finally being repatriated on May 13, 1945. Louis received the Purple Heart
, European Service Medal, and Air Medal. After returning home, Louis became a salesman for the Campbell Soup Company on Long Island, NY for 36 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and had 4 children with wife Genevieve, who passed away in 1964 at the age of 39. Louis remarried Beth Ann Squire in 1969, and she passed away on November 29, 1981. Then he married Margery Simpson several years later, and she passed away on March 16, 2007. Louis is survived by his sons Louis, Jr. and his wife Barbara of New Bern, NC and Kevin and his wife Judy of Venice, daughters Jayne Mary and her partner Roz of Massapequa, NY and Mary Elise Dimonda and her husband Dan of Bourne, MA, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Louis was hard working, caring, and generous. He will be loved and missed very much, and his memory will live on forever in our hearts. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 12th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with inurnment on Friday, September 13th at Sarasota National Cemetery with military honors. Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel has been selected to care for arrangements.