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Delio "Jerry" G. Colonna Jr.

Born: Mon., Jun. 29, 1942
Died: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018

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Delio G. Colonna Jr. “Jerry”  
June 29, 1942 - November 8, 2018

Delio G. Colonna Jr., “Jerry” passed away peacefully at home on November 8, 2018, after battling declining health and several recent illnesses.  He was surrounded with loving embraces from his beloved wife of 30 years, Nancy, his amazing daughter Krista Colonna (Peoria, AZ) and beautiful grand daughter Maya Miller.  Jerry is also survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Flora Collette (Al) of N. Little Rock, AR, Mary Jo Pitts (Terry) of Shelbyville, TN, loving Aunt Joyce Carey (Jack) of Ambridge, PA and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Jerry served 12 years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot with the 1st Air Cav Division.  Among his many awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.  Upon leaving the military Jerry entered Civil Service as a Personnel Staffing Specialist.  He quickly advanced through the field to the position of Ft. Huachuca Civilian Personnel Officer where he was recognized with the William H. Kushnick award, the most prestigious award presented to civilian personnel managers. Jerry then transferred to Washington DC where he was assigned as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; eventually returning to Ft. Huachuca, AZ to complete his civil service career as Director of Human Resources for the Intelligence Center and Ft. Huachuca.

In 1996 Jerry and Nancy established Delio’s Italian Restaurant and Old World Pizza and ran the popular local eatery for 16 years.  Jerry enjoyed a lifelong passion for classic cars, particularly corvettes and cherished the camaraderie among his gear head friends.  On any given afternoon he could be found lounging in his man cave enjoying old Western TV shows.  Jerry was immensely proud of his family, loved Sierra Vista, the solitude of his home, family pets and his adoring wife.  

Jerry will be interred at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.  The family requests no flowers, rather remembrances may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Flo-Jean Collette
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
Dear Nancy. I am so very sorry for your loss and will forever grieve with you. My big Brother and was always there for me and my family. Without him, our lives would have taken a different path. (Thank you, Jerry). He was my hero and so totally cool. I'll quote his favorite expression, which suits him well. So with a heavy heart it's announced "Elvis Has Left The Building".. Love you very much, Bro.

Lawley Automotive Group
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
We will miss seeing Jerry in and around the dealerships. Our deepest sympathy to the Colonna family. A donation to Wounded Warrior Project in Jerry's memory will be placed.

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David Fuller
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
🌼 While it may have been difficult saying goodbye to Delio, please find comfort in God’s promise that very soon he will restore life to perfection to all those in his memory:


   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
My husband & I are truly sorry for your tremendous loss in the passing of Jerry & would like to express our condolences to the entire family. We cannot imagine the great pain & sorrow during this very difficult time. Please find comfort in knowing that God has promised to "swallow up death forever"(Isaiah 25:8) & that he will resurrect our dear loved ones who have passed away.(John 5:28). May your many great memories help you find peace & comfort as you go through the coming days.

   Posted Tue November 20, 2018
Dear Nancy & family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Jerry and I were in the same
1st Cav Div in Vietnam. Our family was always a regular customer to his restaurant.
Our prayers go out to you and all the family during this most difficult time
God Bless to all,