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Richard J. Viano

Richard J. Viano born October 9, 1935 in Joliet, Illinois; passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 9, 2018. Age 82.

Survived by his wife, Cathy of Mesa, AZ. His two sons, Mike (Jayne) Viano of Channahon, IL, and Terry (Jana) Viano of Diamond, IL. Six grandchildren, Kailey (Michael), Allie, Lacey, Jared, Peter and Skyler and Great-granddaughter Harper. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Rose (Lentini) Viano; his son, Rick A. Viano; brother, Ken (Nancy) Viano; sister, Pauline (John) Pomykala; and brother, Fredrick C. Viano Sr.

A Joliet resident for many years and attended Joliet High School. Jr. and Sr. diving championship for the state of Illinois in 1952. Played the tuba in the JHS band and performed at the Eisenhower Inauguration in 1953. Rich was also in the Olympic diving trials in 1956. After joining the Army, he was stationed with the 14th combat engineering in Korea. He was transferred to Tokyo, Japan to join the 1st Calvary band where he played the tuba and the acoustical string bass. Accompanying the USO to entertain the troops. He joined the Joliet Fire Department in 1958 and retired as Lieutenant after 27 years of service. Attended Joliet Junior College and was an instructor in Fire Science at JJC and the University of Illinois. He played the tuba and the string bass around the Chicago area. He played in numerous jazz bands such as the Stan Kenton Band, American Legion band and Dellwood Park band. Moved to Mesa, AZ in 1985 and worked in Fire Protection and Security at the Boeing Company for 8 years. Former member of the Moose, Elk and American Legion Lodge 27. Loved to fish and participated in and won many bass tournaments. Rich was an avid pool player and won many tournaments around the valley.

Memorial Visitation and Services will be held at the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home and Crematory 2320 Black Road, Joliet on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 10:00 am until time of services at 11:00 am. Inurnment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Rich's name to Fire Administration, 13 W. 1st Street, Mesa, AZ 85208; attention Station 212. These are the Firefighters that always came to help us.

For information call (815) 744-0022 or visit www.CHSFUNERAL.com.
Published in The Herald-News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2018
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