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Peter Joseph Casella Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
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From a contemporary press report:

Daphne, Alabama - Lieuteant Colonel Peter Joseph Casella Jr. died Thursday, July 6, 2000, at a local health care facility. Casella, 71, was retired from the United States Air Force.

The Daphne resident graduated from Farregutt Naval Academy in Toms River, New Jersey, and received his bachelor's degree in science from the University of Nevada. He went on to complete his master's degree in electronic engineering through the Air Force.

During two tours of duty in Vietnam, Casella piloted the B52 bomber plane and was a member of the Strategic Air Command. After his military service, he was the vice president of the FKW Architectural Firm in Oklahama City, Oklahoma, and from 1990 to 1994 was the director of marketing for Avondale Ship Builders.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn C. Casella of Daphne; three sons, Major Mathew Casella of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Kristian Casella of Wheaton, Illinois, and Michael Dellcontrada of Slidell, Louisiana; three daughters, Maggie P. Edmondson of Tempe, Arizona, Kimberly McCutcheon of Covington, Louisiana,  and Lisa Terry of Mobile; a brother, Donald Casella of San Francisco; a sister, Victoria Iori of Reno, Nevada; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The family suggests memorials be made to the Child Crisis Center East Valley Inc., 604 West Ninth St., P.O. Box 4114, Mesa, AZ 85211.


Posted: 3 February 2002  Updated: 18 September 2005