Joseph Mecila, 89 years young, Brazil, passed away Oct. 16, 2011, after a brief illness, at the home of his son, surrounded by his family and love.
He was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Kankakee, Ill., to the late John and Josephine Maggio Mecila.
He resided in the Kannkakee area until 1983.
Joe and his wife Opal moved to Brooksville, Fla., and then moved to Brazil in 1989.
He was retired from Rudolf Trucking of Bourbonnais, Ill.
He was also a former member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion in Bradley, Ill.
Joe was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and served with the 33rd Infantry Division overseas in the Philippines, New Guinea and Kobe, Japan, until 1945.
He received a Bronze Star for heroism.
He married Opal Dahn Mecila May 28, 1953. She preceded him in death Oct. 31, 1993.
He was preceded in death by his wife Opal Mecila, father John Mecila, birth mother Josephine Maggio Mecila, mother Emmanuelle Pendino Mecila, brother Jim Savarino, and sisters Angie Nourie, Grace Busciglio and Mary Mecila.
He is survived by his son Michael Mecila Sr., and wife Diana, grandchildren Michael Mecila Jr., and his wife Lottie, and Heather Mecila, great-grandchildren Justice Buchholz, Madison Mecila, Lincoln Buchholz, and Joseph K. Mecila, all of Brazil, and several nieces and nephews.
Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, his dog Cheko, fishing and watching NASCAR racing with his grandson.
Moore Funeral Home was chosen to provide cremation services.
His urn of ashes will be interred in the Veterans Section of the Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, Brooksville, Fla.
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