Joseph J. DeLappi, First Sergeant, United States Air Force Retired, 92, passed away Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Geisinger Community Medical Center following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, the former Mae Latini, on Sept. 6, 2008, and a brother, Rocco, in 1997.
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He was born in Bisaccia, Avellino, Italy, on Sept. 21, 1921, son of the late Biagio and Filomena Galicchio Dell Api. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of January 1940. He was a plant maintenance foreman for S.J. Aronsohn Inc. before retiring in 1981.
He was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish, Dunmore, American Legion Post 13 and past commander of DiBiasi Cipriano VFW Post 8251, East Scranton.
An avid bowler who had the distinction of being president of two leagues, the Scranton Times Major and the Scranton Times-Tribune, at the same time. He was a retired Air Force veteran who served with the Flying Tigers and Chinese Combat Command in China-Burma. Having circled the world, he was a member of the Magellan Club. After retirement from active military, he served as first sergeant of the 92nd Aerial Port Squadron in Wyoming, Pa. After 10 years of service, he became 60 years old and was forced to retire. He then became a volunteer at Tobyhanna Army Depot, where he served 22½ years as a member of the sub-council as chief counselor, where he earned the President Bush Award for serving 9,200 hours.
He treasured the many awards from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and the Chinese Nationalist Army. He authored a book, "WOPAHO: Memoirs of an Immigrant," which was well-received by the Bunker Hill community.
He was proud of his Italian heritage and traveled many times to Italy to visit relatives in Fiuggi and Bisaccia with his wife, Mae.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms and walking at Lake Scranton. He was a die-hard Yankees fan and loved his family.
Surviving are a son, Joseph B. DeLappi and wife, Joyce, Las Vegas; a daughter, Marianne DeLappi Slivinski and husband, Jack, Scranton; five grandchildren, Joseph A. DeLappi, Las Vegas; Marc and Christopher DeLappi, Scranton; and Alicia and Anthony Slivinski, Scranton; three great-grandchildren, Ryan and Amelia DeLappi, Las Vegas; and Luca Slivinski, Scranton; and two brothers, Alfred "Bondo" and Ben "Darby" DeLappi, both of Scranton.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Guido-Fiorillo Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rocco's Church, 118 Kurtz St., Dunmore. Entombment with military honors will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
Please visit www.patrick guidofuneralhome.com for information, directions or to send an online condolence.
Guido-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc.
120 South Main Avenue Scranton, PA 18504
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 4, 2014