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Osvaldo "Vod" Angelocci

ANGELOCCI, OSVALDO "Vod"; age 90; of Trenton. They also called him Husband of 65 years, Dad, Grandpa, Patriarch, Friend, Chief and a Patriot. Vod Angelocci was born September 26, 1922 and passed peacefully December 3, 2012, shortly after his 90th birthday. Vod was a true member of what has been termed the Greatest Generation. He was a proud first generation Italian American. A graduate of Riverview High School, he was an avid athlete playing softball into his 50's. He joined the Army Air Force during W.W.II at the age of 19. Stationed in England, he flew 32 missions as a waist gunner and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, Air Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was always grateful for being one of a very few to survive that many missions and return home- an indication of the survival rate was the informal award of being a member of "The Lucky Bastards Club". After serving his country Vod eventually joined the Trenton Fire Department where he rose through the ranks and served as Chief for 3 years, retiring after 30 years of service to the city and its fire department. Vod's avocation was thoroughbred racing - he worked his "off" days from the department and after his retirement at The Detroit Race Course, for 34 years. To him it was not a job, but a hobby - he loved the people and the horses. Not satisfied retiring, he with his brother Al, since deceased, started a golfing group affectionately known as Monday Senior's Travel League, there is a following of more than 50 guys who go to different courses every Monday in SE Michigan. Of his many awards, he was most proud of the Iron Man Award, which they presented to him - it hangs prominently in his home. Most importantly, Vod was a man of strong values and always displayed the courage of his convictions. Vod is survived by his loving wife, Shirley of 65 years, whom he dearly loved; his daughters, Cindy of Dallas, Texas and her husband, Charles Gummer, and Cathy of Ann Arbor, Michigan and her husband, Robert Garvey. In addition, Vod has five grandchildren, Chris and his wife, Alisha, Jay and Ryan and his wife, Michelle all of Dallas, Texas; also Cindy of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Sean of Petoskey, Michigan; four great granddaughters, Madisen, Abbie, Sonoma and Lexington all of Dallas, Texas. Vod loved to tell the kids about growing up in little Italy with his five siblings and seven cousins all in the same house. Visitation Wednesday 3 to 9 p.m. at The Trenton Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd. Funeral Service Thursday 12 Noon at the funeral home. Honor Guard Service Thursday 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in the name of Vod Angelocci and can be sent to the Trenton Fire Fighters Charities, 1989 King Rd., Station 2, Trenton, MI 48183. Visit Vod's eternal tribute at
www.martenson.com

Funeral Home

The Martenson Funeral Home - Trenton
3200 West Rd. Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 671-5400
Published in Heritage on Dec. 5, 2012
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