RAGUCKAS, Joseph C. Sr. age 93, of St. Petersburg, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at his daughter's residence in Cape Coral. He moved here in 1945 from his native Philadelphia, PA, and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 27 years. He was a Coast Guard veteran of WWII where he served on the USS Leonard Wood (APA-12) in eleven major invasions. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He is survived by his son, Joseph C. (Carole) Raguckas Jr. of Lake-mont, GA; daughters, Helen K. (Charlie) Bingham of Orlando, Theresa Anne (Gordon) Paltza of Cape Coral; 7 grandchildren, Joe, Jimmy, Somer, Heather, Jarrod, Evan, Dana; and 2 great-grandchildren, Parker Rose, and Rory. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Jane Raguckas. Visitation 5-7 pm, on Friday, March 14, at E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home, 4100-16th St. N. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 am, Saturday, March 15, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7851-54th Ave. North. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Hope Hospice 2430 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL 33909. Online memorial and guest book at: www.gunterfuneralhome.com. E. Dale Gunter Funeral Home St. Petersburg (727)528-2880
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 14, 2014