LT. COL (RET) MICHAEL TANZILLO JR.
SEPTEMBER 23, 1930-APRIL 12, 2014
Michael Tanzillo, Jr. took his final flight on April 12, 2014 in Atwater, California. Michael was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Michael and Egle Tanzillo, the second of six children. Michael enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served 22 years retiring in 1972. While he piloted many aircrafts, he finished his career in the KC-135 at Castle Air Force Base.
Michael was an active member of the Castle Air Museum since its inception, serving in various capacities, and was a member of the Italo-American Lodge, the Elks and MOAA. He was an avid golfer and loved nothing more than driving his golf cart to the local courses. Michael loved to tour the country in his motorhome as well as all activities with his large family. Michael was very active in community affairs and was a parishioner at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
Michael is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ellen Tanzillo (McFadden); daughter Emily Tanzillo (Cliff McGhee) of Merced; son Mark Tanzillo (Barbara) of Atwater; daughters Julie Trujillo of Atwater and Alice Willmarth (Greg) of West Linn, Oregon. Michael is survived by his eight grandchildren; Christopher and Justin Tanzillo; Matthew, Ian and Kathryn Harris; and Ellen, Rory and Dara Willmarth; and one great-grandchild, Jayce Tanzillo. He is preceded in his death by his son, Stephen Tanzillo in 1991. Michael is also survived by his sister, Celeste Brose, of Bend, Oregon, and brothers, Paul Tanzillo of Bullhead City, Arizona, and Alan Tanzillo of Henderson, Nevada.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 21, 2014 from 5-7PM with rosary at 6PM at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Atwater. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 10AM at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atwater followed by burial with full military honors at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella. If contemplating a floral tribute, please consider donations to Hinds Hospice instead at 410 West Main Street, Suite A, Merced, CA. 95340 www.cvobituaries.com