It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of our "ole" dad and hero Joseph "Joe" Guy Lombardo on February 15, 2021 in Leesville, Louisiana. He had a huge personality and was a proud Italian. If you ever met Joe Lombardo you would never forget it, he had a one in a million personality, he never met a stranger, he was extremely quick witted and enjoyed bringing laughter to life, sharing his extraordinary gift and love of cooking, encouraging you to be grateful and trust in the Savior.
Born in Albany, New York on January 9,1938 to the late Vincent Lombardo and Roselyn H. Iden (nee Koch). He was proceeded in death by his wife, Rita Lombardo, one brother, James and beloved sister, Jean Marcantonio.
He is survived by his two daughters, Martha (Ray) Sepulveda, Deborah (Wayne) Wall; three grandchildren, Elaine (Joshua) Lewis, Amanda (Lucas) Dalton, Joseph Sepulveda; ten great grandchildren, Mateo, Sadie, Lucie, Nolan, Seth, Lincoln, Oliver, Jacob, Emerson, Beau; one brother, Vincent & his wife, Karine; one sister, DeLee Lombardo.
Dad lived a life of service, entering the United States Army in 1956 and retiring in 1977. He had many duty stations throughout his career in the Army, some just to name a few, Fort Knox, Germany, Fort Lee, Fort Stewart, Vietnam, Fort Hamilton, Bayonne Military Terminal, Camp Humphreys, West Point Military Academy and Fort Polk. Dad completed The Culinary Institute of America and loved his time managing mess halls, NCO and officer club's during his military career. He was the recipient of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He loved reminiscing about his time at West Point and the many dignitaries he had the pleasure of meeting. He always talked about his younger days when he was a lightweight boxer in the golden gloves division and being on American Bandstand. Dad loved the United States and was grateful he was able to serve and defend his country. Following his Army retirement he continued serving others by managing the dietary facilities at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. Dad never learned to swim, and would always joke about why on earth he took a job as lead chef on an oil rig in the middle of the Gulf but he did and loved it. Especially making wonderful meals that only Dad could make for the crew. He was a history buff and enjoyed visiting historical sites. He loved animals of all kinds, especially his chihuahuas.
Dad, your faith in the Savior, your love, kindness, compassion, your understanding, wisdom and constant encouragement, trust, all the lessons you taught us, your tremendous sense of humor, each precious memory will forever live inside us and never be forgotten.
Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Thursday, May 6, 2021 and from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM, Friday, May 7, at Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:30 AM, Friday, May 7, 2021 at the chapel of Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY. Burial will follow at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY with military honors.
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