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ASHTABULA [ndash] George Casimir Packo, 97, peacefully joined his wife Betty Jean (Brocious) Packo on Thursday, August 17, 2017.
He was born October 18, 1919 in Youngstown, Ohio. The son of Emily (Kozlowska) and George Packo, Sr.
He was a member of St. Casimir's Catholic Church in Youngstown Ohio where he attended parochial school through 8th grade. He then attended Hayes Junior High School and then graduated from Rayen High School Class of 1937 in Youngstown.
After high school, he worked at W.T Grant Department Store. He was then drafted into the army and was assigned to Fort Sill Oklahoma. He was accepted into officer candidate school. Upon completing OCS he was assigned to the Field Artillery as Reconnaissance in the 324th Artillery Battalion in the 83rd infantry. He made good on his promise to marry Betty Brocious upon receiving his commission. They were married August 21, 1943 at the chapel at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He then went overseas and was involved in the invasion of the German Army at Cureton and St. Lo France. He was involved with General Patton's 3rd Army and speedy push through France and Germany. He met up with the Russian Army in Bad Harzburg. He received 5 battle stars during this campaign including the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war he returned to W.T Grants and received a manager training course which led to his retail career of 29 years working at various stores in Youngstown, Cambridge, and Elwood City Pennsylvania.
Prior to the failure of W.T Grants, he joined Hills Department Stores, managing many stores in Ohio for 20 years. Upon retiring from Hills, he joined J.B Dahlkempers in Ashtabula for 5 years. When Dahlkempers closed, he worked as a sales associate at JC Penney in the Ashtabula Mall for 5 years.
He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Ashtabula where he served as an usher. He was an avid gardener in retirement and played golf at various courses in Ashtabula County.
Besides his parents and wife Betty, he was preceded into Heaven by brothers Felix, Frank, and Joseph Packo; sisters, Mary Packo, Genevieve Castor and Josephine Diorio; daughter-in-law, Donna T. Packo; nephew, Nicholas Castor; and niece, Carole Diorio-Haverfield.
George is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Gene) Porcello; son, George Packo; three- grandchildren Michael (Christina) Porcello, Kimberly Porcello and Lyndsay (Pete) Pabon; and great grandchildren Nathan, Sierra, Alayna, Gabby, and Ayla.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Peace St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula with Rev. Fr. Raymond Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Hospice of the Western Reserve for the care they gave to George as well as the ability to grant his wishes of allowing him to be at home during his final days.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is handling arrangements. www.ducro.com
Published on August 29, 2017
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