Palmi "Pete" Pellizzari, 90, of Loveland passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2013 at the Sterling House of Loveland. Palmi was born March 25, 1923 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Guiseppe and Cornelia (Trentin) Pellizzari. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1940. He joined the US Navy
in October 1942 and served during World War II
. He was on the USS Saratoga and flew in a TBF-Avenger as a gunner in the Pacific theater. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 as an Aviation Machinist Mate, 2nd Class. While in the Navy, he married Rose Catherine Sciola on May 26, 1945 in Pittsfield. Following the war, Palmi held various jobs; working at the GE plant in Pittsfield and as a taxi driver, milkman and restaurant owner. In 1953, Palmi was offered a job as an aviation mechanic at United Air Lines in San Francisco so he and Rose relocated to Sunnyvale, CA with their 4 children. During their 27 years in Sunnyvale, Palmi enjoyed camping, fishing, fly tying, woodworking, model airplanes, golf and archery. He built a wooden ski boat for the family and named her Rozee. He was also a Little League coach and played guitar in a local band; he also played the piano and mandolin. After purchasing a lot in Twain Harte in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Palmi built a log cabin that became the family's weekend retreat. He was famous for leading the campfire sing-alongs as he sang and strummed his guitar. Eventually, he and Rose purchased more land near their small cabin and Palmi built a retirement home for them on that property. He retired in 1980 after 27 years with United Air Lines and he and Rose relocated to Twain Harte where their children and grandchildren visited them often. They lived there for 20 years while spending their winters in Lake Havasu, AZ in their 5th wheel trailer. Another annual trip that Palmi took while he was working and during his retirement was a fishing trip to the Klamath River in northern California where he would fly fish for steelhead. In 2000 Palmi and Rose moved to Loveland to be closer to family. While in Colorado, Palmi continued woodworking and camping and also began gardening. He could grow the most scrumptious tomatoes! He loved going to Rockies games and also watched them on TV regularly. In 2011, he had the privilege of going on the Honor Flight of Northern Colorado to visit the WWII and various other memorials in Washington, DC. He thoroughly enjoyed and was touched by that experience. He loved spending time with family and during Sunday dinners would relate wonderful stories about his life; he was a captivating storyteller. Palmi enjoyed a fantastic life and lived every minute of his 90 years to the fullest. He never considered himself too old to learn anything new and just 6 weeks before his death started taking private art lessons because he wanted to learn to paint. Palmi was a kind man of great integrity, a quick wit and a huge heart. Palmi was preceded in death by Rose, his wife of nearly 68 years who passed away in February 2013. He was also preceded by his brothers, Peter and Angelo, sisters, Rose and Erma, daughter-in-law, Pepper Pellizzari and Mary Jacobs. He will be missed by his children, Peter Pellizzari of Peoria, AZ and Pamela, Paul and Peggy (Ed Michael) all of Loveland. He is also survived by his sisters-in-laws Angelina (Louis) Lausier, Jenny Sciola and Lorraine Sciola of Pittsfield, MA and Anne Pellizzari of Clifton, CO, grandchildren Russ (Vina) Ford of Rocklin, CA, Ron (Kellie) Pellizzari of Las Vegas, NV, Adrienne Pellizzari of Quepos, Costa Rica, Peter James (Tiffany) Pellizzari of Union City, CA, Erin (Jason) Dill of Loveland, Paul (Jen) Pellizzari of Manteca, CA and Ryan (Erin) Pellizzari of Discovery Bay, CA, great-grandchildren Brandon and Adam Dill, Thomas, Jamison, Jackson, Josiah and Silas Pellizzari, Lance Alvares and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado, the Sterling House of Loveland and the staff at McKee Medical Center for the wonderful care and compassion they showed to 'Pete' during his last days, weeks and months. We couldn't have asked for him to be in better hands. Palmi's family will honor Palmi/Pete/Dad/Daddy/Pops/Papa/Grandpa by taking a trip together to the Klamath River. He requested his ashes be scattered there. A memorial service for this amazing man will be held at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home at 11am on Saturday, September 14. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Palmi's name to the Honor Flight of Northern Colorado or Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO 80537.