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Felix Lombardi Jr.

May 31, 1922 — January 4, 2015

Felix A. Lombardi, Jr.

Felix A. Lombardi, Jr., passed away in peace on Sunday, January 4, 2015, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family in Roswell, New Mexico. Felix was 92, being born May 31, 1922, to Felix A. Lombardi, Sr. and Nora Carmosino Lombardi in Lewiston, New York. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie; his parents; one brother, Sebastian Lombardi; three sisters, Ida Lombardi Lewis, Adelaide Lombardi Baker and Santina Lombardi James; and his beloved son, Gene Robert Lombardi. Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Lombardi and her husband Michael S. Richardson of Roswell; a son, Felix Allen Lombardi and his wife, Susan of San Francisco. In Lewiston, Felix is survived by three sisters, Virginia Lombardi Lass, Mildred Lombardi Terrameo and Mary Lombardi Hibbard; one brother, James Lombardi; and many nieces and nephews.

Felix married his true love, Nellie, on December 23, 1942, in New Port, Rhode Island. They enjoyed a wonderful, devoted life together for more than 64 years, committed to all life's challenges, adventures and joys. Felix served on the U.S.S. destroyer Heywood L. Edwards DD 663 during WWII and received the Navy unit citations for the battles of Saipan-Tinian, Peleliu, Leyte, Surigao Strait, Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Felix earned many metals including WWII Victory Metal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Metal, China War Memorial Metal, American Campaign Metal, Navy Occupation Service Metal (Asia) and several Good Conduct Metals. In service to his nation during the war in the South Pacific, there were two 13-month periods in which he did not leave the ship.

Felix was a patriotic American and after 28 years of service in the Navy, he returned to work on the family dairy farm in Lewiston, NY. This was a special place for him and his family, where his children grew up on the farm surrounded by their Lombardi grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. In a farming accident in 1974 Felix lost his right leg, then suffered an even worst blow when his second son, Gene, was diagnosed with cancer and died several months later. Felix was very proud of Gene, who became an agent in the US Secret Service and special agent in the US State Department, guarding two presidents and Henry Kissinger. Felix was an active member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Lewiston, and became a member of Assumption Catholic Church after moving to Roswell. Because of his strong faith in God and love of his family, Felix recovered from the loss of his leg but never quite the loss of his son. Nellie and Felix lived in Lewiston and Ft. Myers, Florida, until 2004, when they moved to Roswell to be close to their daughter, Sharon. Felix lived with Sharon and her husband for the last eight years, where his kindness, wonderful sense of humor and colorful stories will be fondly missed by his family and the friends who loved him.

Felix and his family were blessed by the wonderful help of loving caregivers; Sheila, Brandy, Lori and Linda. The time, love, care and support they gave our father will be cherished and will be remembered always.

Family and friends may pay their respects online at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com. All arrangements are under the direction of La Grone Funeral Chapel, Roswell, New Mexico. A Mass will be held in celebration Felix Lombardi's life at Assumption Catholic Church in Roswell on Friday, January 9, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., a reception will be held after in the Parish Hall (Youth Center). A full memorial service will be held later this year in Lewiston, New York.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Roswell Humane Society, 703 East McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88203; or Lewiston Volunteer Fire Company No.1, P.O. Box 748, Lewiston, NY 14092.



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