White-Luttrell Funeral Homes, ltd.: Obituaries

White-Luttrell Funeral Homes, ltd.

Joseph F. Pepe Joseph F. Pepe
(Died January 24, 2011)

U.S. Veteran Joseph F. Pepe, 86 of Woodlyn, died January 24, 2011 at Harlee Manor.

Born in Chester, he was son of the late Angelo and Angeline Martini Pepe.

Mr. Pepe was a 1943 graduate of Chester High School where he was Vice-President of his class and captain of the football team in 1942. After high school Mr. Pepe joined the U.S. Army Air Corp,and attended basic training in Miami, FL, airplane mechanic school in Biloxi, MS and aerial gunnery school in Panama City, FL. In 1944 he was assigned to bomb crew in Boise, ID. Mr. Pepe became an engineer gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He was assigned to the 8th Army Air Corps, 446 Bomb Group, 707 Squadron. He completed 18 combat missions over Germany before being shot down on his 19 mission over Wessel, Germany, bailing out on the American side of the Rhine, he completed three more missions before being discharged. He received a Certificate of Appreciation for War Service from Commanding General Hap Arnold.

Mr. Pepe was employed as a stockman at Philadelphia Electric for 28 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Church, American Legion Post 777 in Crum Lynne and the PECO Quarter Century Club. Mr. Pepe also enjoyed traveling with his wife, both in the United States and overseas.

Mr. Pepe was brother of the late Vito Pepe and grandfather of the late Elliot Lash.

Survivors: wife of 56 years, Mary H. Antico Pepe, his sons William H. Nichols, III (Cindy) of Philadelphia, Joseph A. Pepe (late Sandra) of Boothwyn and David W. Pepe of N. Wilmington, DE. his brother Louis Pepe of Prospect Park, his sisters Mary Campbell of Chester and Rose Marie DiLluciano of Ridley Park. Also survived by six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service and Visitation: 10:30 AM Friday, January 28, 2011 at the White-Luttrell Funeral Home, 311 N. Swarthmore Avenue, Ridley Park where friends may call after 9:15 AM.

Burial: SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

Contributions: USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC, 20077-7677.