SHAMOKIN — Jerome G. Odorizzi, 70, of Shamokin, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where he had been a patient for three weeks.
Born on Jan. 14, 1948, in Shamokin Hospital, he was the son of the late Albert and Regina (Sebastian) Odorizzi.
He was a 1965 graduate of Mount Carmel High School,where excelled as a wrestler.
Jerome was a decorated U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran, having enlisted in 1965. He served with the A/1/27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He was wounded in Vietnam in July 1966 and thereafter served as a drill sergeant at Fort Dix, New Jersey, until his honorable discharge in 1968.
His decorations and citations include the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and an Overseas Service Bar.
Jerome was a very charitable person. He loved his family, friends and his dogs, Angel and Noel.
He was a loyal supporter and member of Mostly Mutts.
He loved all kinds of music and had a vast collection of vinyl records.
He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams and enjoyed traveling and reading.
Surviving are two brothers, Louis Odorizzi and his wife, Barb, of Elysburg, and Joseph Odorizzi and his wife, Nancy, of Dooleyville; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, preceding him in death was his older brother, Michael Odorizzi, in 1973, who was also a Vietnam War veteran.