Anthony Peter Ferraro Jr., 79, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, in Mary Rutan Hospital.
He was born in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 11, 1935, a son of the late Anthony Peter and Dorothy White Ferraro. He also was preceded in death by his former wife, Pauline Rousseau; one brother; and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Russell Hill Ferraro, whom he married April 23, 2012, in Lima; his children, Linda Ferraro of Malone, N.Y., Steven Ferraro of Jackson, N.J., Jennifer (Yvette Nary) Ferraro of Santa Fe, N.M., Heather (Stuart) Johnson of Trefin, United Kingdom; his stepchildren, Diana (Randy) Cox, Mary (Mark) Niles, Michael Rousseau and Lisa (James) Sword, all of Malone, N.Y., Zana Rousseau of North Bangor, N.Y., Michelle Hill, Sean Hill and Russell Hill, all of Bellefontaine; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Wilkinson of Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Maria Ferraro of Wapakoneta and Melissa (Alan) Collins of Miamisburg; and a brother-in-law, William Russell of Englewood; former wife, Dianna Ferraro; numerous nieces and nephews; and his “baby” and canine companion, Holly.
Anthony was raised Catholic and at the age of 18, enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served his country until 1957, when he was honorably discharged. He graduated that same year from the U.S. Armed Forces Institute and then went to work as a chemical operator for several companies in New Jersey until 1972. He later worked as a bus driver.
He was very proud of the time served in the U.S. Marine Corps and supported other service men and women around the world.
He was fan of Notre Dame athletics as well as the New York Mets baseball team. He enjoyed music, especially jazz, and studied astronomy and the planets.
A Catholic chaplain will officiate a graveside service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, in the Dayton National VA Cemetery, with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York NY 10016.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.