Libero DeAmicis |

Libero DeAmicis

Libero DeAmicis died Sept. 7 at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, with his loving family by his side.

A private memorial was conducted Sept. 11.

Libero was born Sept. 12, 1922, in Henderson, Ky., the son of Italian immigrants Giovanni and Elena DeAmicis. Libero grew up in Evansville, Ind., and was fluent in Italian, French and English.

Libero served in the Army Air Corps in World War II as a bombardier and flew 55 missions in B-24s in the South Pacific theater. He was awarded the Purple Heart and was honorably discharged. After the war, he moved to Chicago where he worked as a machinist and owned a doughnut business.

Libero earned his college degree from the University of Chicago. He married Diana Pettiford in 1950. Libero returned to active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and became a Master Navigator-Bombardier in B-47s and B-52s. He saw combat again during the Vietnam War, and retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1970. Libero then worked in the Fairfield, Calif., Youth Detention Center for another 10 years. He spent the last 29 years of his life in Penn Valley, beside his beloved Lake Wildwood.

Libero and Diana raised a family of seven children and one grandson, Michael, while moving many times during his career. Six of his children earned college degrees, a source of great pride to him. After his retirement, Li and Di traveled the world, but his heart was always at home and with his family. He was devoted to his wife and his children, as they were to him. Libero lived his life by his values: Integrity, tolerance, responsibility, loyalty, family and compassion for humankind.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diana; six children and their spouses: Jan (and Linda), Douglas (and Trudy), Brian (and Monalisa), Duane (and Jackie), Lisa (and Tom), and Alida; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a large extended family; and many friends. Libero was predeceased by his brothers Eliseo and Redento, and his daughter Donna.

His family wishes to thank the staff of UC Davis Medical Center, and especially Dr. Richard Bold, for their extraordinary care in his final days. Donations in memory of Libero may be made to the UC Davis Cancer Center.

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