Craig resident Tony T. Angelo passed away October 1, 2003 at the Veterans Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was 79.
One of sixteen children, ten of whom reached adulthood, Tony was born June 5, 1924 in Megath, Wyo. to Jose and Victoria (Carrillo) Angelo. He grew up in Mt. Harris, Colo. and graduated from Hayden Union High School with the class of '43. He was a three-sport letterman, football, basketball and track, while attending high school. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig.
He felt the call to duty for his country at an early age and enlisted in the U.S. Army immediately following high school graduation. While serving his military duty he was awarded the Bronze Star, Residential Unit Citation for participation in the Battle of the Bulge, Purple Heart, and Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty for participation in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He was honorably discharged April 17, 1946. He and Betty Ann Jacobsen were married in 1952. They were later divorced. He was employed by Pete Sheley at the Green Furniture Store and subsequently worked at The Moffat County State Bank for many years until his retirement in 1976. He then co-owned A-A Distributors with Tony Montoya for a short time.
"Butch" (as he was known by his family and long-time friends) enjoyed fishing, playing golf and teaching figure skating to children and adults. He was instrumental in the organizing and coaching of the Old Timer's Little League Summer Baseball. Neither United Way nor grant funding was available at the time and expenses for the program were met by passing a hat during the games. In fact, some of the children would inquire of their parents if he was the tooth fairy because of his collecting money at the games.
In 1959, her married Faye Collom. To this union one son was born. They were divorced in 2001. Following his second retirement he was active in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with the Internal Revenue Service to assist the elderly in filing information to procure rebates for heating and rental costs.
Angelo is survived by a son, Tony Lynn of Oklahoma City; a nephew and two nieces whom he helped raise as his own following the death of their parents in 1966, Mark (Michelle) Angelo, of Grand Junction; Annette (Manuel) Estrada and Vicky Pena, both of Denver; sister, Lucy Romero, of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers, Jess (Bea), Sidney and Ray, all of Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jennie Bustos and brothers, Ernest, Junior, Louis and Roy.
A memorial mass for Angelo will be said at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Craig at 9 a.m., Sunday, November 30. A military memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004 at the V.F.W. Post 4265 (419 E. Victory Way, Craig). Immediately following the military service, a reception will be given by the V.F.W. for family and friends.