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Dr. Michael J. DeCarlo, Elyria Podiatrist

NORTH RIDGEVILLE - Dr. DeCarlo, 86, of North Ridgeville, Ohio (formerly of Elyria), died Monday, August 19, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 2, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Michael and Anna DeCarlo.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann (nee Geiger); their children: Dawn (Jeffery) Yutzy of Elyria, Alicia of North Ridgeville, Karen (Tom Daly) of Elyria, Heather and Dusty DeCarlo of Arizona; their grandchildren: Jill (Cris) Coen, Emily and Daniel Yutzy, Anna Daly, and Michael and Ryan DeCarlo; and their great grandson: Carter Coen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Dr. Domenic, Chester (DeCarlo Funeral Home), Daniel, Theresa, and Gloria DeCarlo.
Dr. DeCarlo had a decorated career in the United States Army where he rose through the ranks to Colonel. After graduating from Cleveland Central High School in 1944, he qualified for the United States Army Specialized Training Program and enlisted in the Army four days after D-Day. Dr. DeCarlo was assigned to the 1553rd Service Unit at Ohio University in the Army Basic Engineering Program. He was later assigned to Camp Blanding in Florida for combat infantry training and specialized in anti-tank warfare. After, he was assigned to the Armor School in Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an instructor in the Tank Destroyer Company.
In 1946, on the day of his discharge from the Army, Dr. DeCarlo enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. During his time in the Army Reserve, he attended Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) and Baldwin Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University), where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in pre-medicine in 1950. After receiving his degree, he attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine) where he received his degree in Podiatric Medicine in 1954. He had a lifelong love for learning and teaching and later went on to serve as a Professor at Case Western Reserve University, the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and Lorain County Community College.
Dr. DeCarlo practiced in Cleveland, Ohio, until January 1969, when he opened an additional practice in Elyria, Ohio before moving there in 1970. He practiced in Elyria, Ohio, until he retired in 1998. Dr. DeCarlo was a member of the medical staff at Elyria Memorial Hospital and was the first podiatrist on staff to be granted admitting and surgical privileges. He was also instrumental in establishing the Podiatric Clinic in the diabetic and renal dialysis unit at EMH.
During the early years of his podiatry practice, Dr. DeCarlo continued serving in the United States Army Reserve in the 83rd Infantry Division and served with a rank of Master Sergeant. In 1963, he received a commission in the grade of Captain and was assigned to the 256th General Hospital headquartered in Parma, Ohio. Besides his duties as a podiatrist, he served many different assignments at home and away from home and rose through the ranks to Colonel. During his tour of duty in 1978, he served as Hospital Commander of the General Hospital in Fort Bliss, Texas. The highlight of his tour of duty was meeting General Omar Bradley, the last living Five Star General from World War II, who presented Colonel DeCarlo with the book, "A Soldier's Story," which General Bradley wrote in and autographed. Dr. DeCarlo was the recipient of many military ribbons and metals and at his retirement ceremony; he was awarded the United States Army Commendation Metal.
After serving in the 256th General Hospital, Dr. DeCarlo became a member of the Ohio Military Reserve, where he was appointed Surgeon General and promoted to Colonel. He was a charter member of the World War II Museum and the National World War II Memorial. He was a life member of the Reserve Officer Association, the Military Order of the World Wars, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association, and the Northeast Academy of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. DeCarlo was a member of the American Diabetic Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Military Surgeons of the United States, among other organizations. Dr. DeCarlo was also a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management.
The family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road (at State Rt. 57) Elyria, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar Street, Elyria, Ohio. Rev. Fr. Frank P. Kosem, Pastor, Rev. Fr. Robert J. Franco, Pastor, and Rev. Fr. Robert J. Sanson will concelebrate. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 32789 Detroit Rd, Avon, Ohio where The U.S. Army and V.F.W. Post 1079 will provide full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Blessing House, 5440 Grove Avenue, Lorain, OH 44055.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com

Funeral Home

Bauer Laubenthal Funeral Home, Inc.
38475 Chestnut Ridge Road Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 322-4626
Published in The Morning Journal on Aug. 22, 2013
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