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JOSEPH P. (JOEY) FALZONE II, 68 CHERRY VALLEY - Joseph P. (Joey) Falzone II, 68, of Cherry Valley died at his home at 11:01 p.m. January 7, 2014, after a two year battle of physical problems from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam during the early 1960's. He was born May 5, 1945, to Joe and Noma Falzone. He attended Boylan Central Catholic High School and on February 1, 1964, he married Patricia Kelly. Served his country during the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart when he was wounded while protecting U.S. helicopters that were under attack by the Viet Cong. He then became a Winnebago County Sherriff's Deputy and was in charge of security at the courthouse until he retired in 2007. He was one of the Founding Fathers of VietNow, which now has more than 400,000 members. He loved his Chicago Bears and the Cubs. He also never met a casino he didn't like. Joey had hundreds of friends in his second home of Isla Mujeres, MX that he visited for more than 30 years. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dawn Roberts for the love and exceptional care she gave to Joey, also to his nurse, Lindsey, and to Heartland Hospice. Survivors include his daughter, Laurie Falzone; son, Joseph P. Falzone III; sister, Dixie Lee Wagner; brothers, Don (Nancy) Falzone John (Kathy) Falzone; sister, Mary Ellen Falzone (Robert) Crowell; nieces, Bonnie Falzone Capriola, Brenda (Dan) Phillip, Kim M Gierloff, Teresa(Todd) Sallinger; nephews, John and Bryan Falzone, Benny (Kerry) Falzone; great- nieces, Anna, Rocsi, Paige, Kayla and Brooke; great- nephews, Ryan (Keeley), Barry, Joseph , John, Anthony and Brandon, Ashton and Cody. Predeceased by his mother and father; brother, Raymond Falzone and great-nephew, Barry Falzone. Visitation will be at noon on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. officiated by Rev. William R. Wentink at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Express condolences and share memories at

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2014.
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February 6, 2014
To know Joe is to love him... We all have the happiest thoughts because his love, kindness & laughter came so naturally.

Dinner at Maria's Italian Cafe was even better, knowing our safety was in Joes hands. His three, secret short "whistles" comforted us knowing our angel was watching.

Love to all Joe's family and always will have fond thoughts. xo
Heidi Hower former Clover Ave., Rockford
January 16, 2014
Some of my fondest memories were the two times I spent on Isla Mujeres with Joey and Roger. We had some good times together that I will never forget. Joey will always be remembered for his laughter and sincere friendship during the times I spent with him and knew him. My thoughts and prayers to the family and frients of Joey.
Frank "Rico" Spataro
January 15, 2014
Just heard the news and it breaks my heart. I often think of him, his laughter, sense of humor and his smile. He will be missed. Sincere condolences to the Falzone family.
Lisa Stanfa-Yarber
January 15, 2014
Joey you will never know the impact you have had on my life. To this little girl you were a play mate, a life long friend, and a teddy bear that always made me feel special. Even as so many years have passed and I'm grown I have always carried you in my heart. You helped me through with a smile and a promise of hanging out at Hotel California. I will never forget you. Until we meet again.
Lisa Bloyer
January 14, 2014
My wife and i have known joe for a good 40 years. He loved people in general and always made them laugh and smile and was an uncle to my children.
He was not only my best of friends but a second brother as well. He will be greatly missed in life itself but memories of him will always be in our hearts. Fairwell my brother and friend for you will not be forgotten.
Bruce (woody) Woodrow Sr
January 13, 2014
Approaching corner of Montague & Clover Ave, Joey had his transistor radio pressed up againt his ear and dancing to the music on WLS. He knew I had the same station on. Just one of the many fond memories of my friend. Miss you my buddy, but won't forget you. May our Lord Christ Jesus bless the Falzone family now and always.
pete vasquez
January 13, 2014
To Laurie and Joe III, sorry to hear of your fathers passing may you find comfort in your memories... condolences to your family... I used to go to East w/Joe we had some of the same friends Joe Johnson and his siblings and some others acquaintance to laurie...
Shawn Hurd-Vader
January 13, 2014
Sorry To Hear Of The Loose Of Your Brother Don
Roger Aday
January 13, 2014
I only went to Isla Mujeres once but I got to spend 8 days with just me and Joey. Needless to say we had a great time. He was a good friend and loved life completely. Sorry for the loss for all of his family.

Michael LaLoggia
Michael LaLoggia
January 13, 2014
Laurie - so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I pray that God will fill you with His love at this time. Take care and God bless you!
Joe Militello
January 13, 2014
I didn't know Joey as well as some. But,then all you had to do was meet him once and you knew that you had a friend.

How many people's lives did Joey touch in a positive way. In a day's time, if he made 10 people feel better about themselves and those people touched ten others in a positve way and those people touch ten others. The ripple travels far.

The world is a better place because of Joey Falzone.
Rich Sander, ViêtNow Nat'l Pres.
January 13, 2014
John we are very sorry to hear about joe .We worked together for many years at the Sheriffs Dept. He was a dear friend.I know he enjoyed his many years with you n your family,especiially on his special Island in Mexico.Our prayers are with you.
Don nPeggie GaspariniNaples
January 13, 2014
John, so very sorry to hear of your Brother's death. May God wrap "HIS LOVING HEALING ARMS" around all of you in this time of sorrow! Blessings, Craig& Louise Skolrood
Louise Skolrood
January 12, 2014
Joe was the perverbiable little brother to John, always came along with John when we played ball in the 50's for Frank Noto. Later in life got to work with Joe at the Courthouse where he was always trying to to his best to help anybody he could who needed help, He definitely was my friend and buddy, he'll always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Esteban "Steve" Martinez
January 12, 2014
He always watched over me Miss you Joey
Mary Ellen Falzone (Crowell)
January 12, 2014
Joe, not only did you help form Viet-Now, but your help in the creation of our Viet Nam Veterans Memorial will never be forgotten...nor will you. RIP.
Dale Sanders
Dale Sanders
January 12, 2014
My Sincere condolences to Joey's Family, I knew Joe since kindergarten at St Anthony, May you rest in Peace My Fellow Viet Nam Vet ...
John Leggero
January 12, 2014
My Brother was the best he always loved to tease me and play jokes on me.
He had a heart of gold I will miss him so much. Sister Mary Ellen
Mary Crowell
January 12, 2014
"It's amazing that one man was the co-founder of two nationally-known Vietnam veterans organizations. My condolences to his family and friends.

Even though Joey was Army all the way, we can proudly say that takes a Few Good Men to get things done. And he was a good man.

A friend said this about Joey, "Until me meet again on a hill in a some distant place."
Ken Nelson
January 12, 2014
Joey Falzone (left) and Nick Parnello
Ken Nelson
January 12, 2014
Nick Parnello (co-founder of VietNow), Rich Sanders (President of VietNow National), and Joey Falzone (co-founder of VietNow) at 2011 VietNow Convent
Ken Nelson
January 12, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family Joey, we still are in shock, we will miss u terribly, your sense of humor, your big smile, the laughter, the rolling of your eyes when u spoke of going to Cancun, the list to long, u were a friend to everybody, you loved life and u lived it to the fulliest, we went back along ways and the good old school days,u will never be forgotten, may u R.I.P. we love u buddy
Alberta & Bruce C. Woodrow Sr.
January 12, 2014
Joey was a good friend of my late husband, Jim Madden. May they both rest in peace.
Connie Madden
January 12, 2014
He will always be in our hearts. The greatest friend and person you could know. Carol , Rod
Carol,Rod Lawler
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