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There is no question why Okey and men like him are referred to as "the greatest generation". War hero, great husband, loving father, friend to all that knew him. He was usually quiet, but with 4 women in the house, what choice did he have. So much love, so much laughter, so much respect - those are the memories of visits at the Deraimo home.
My sincere condolences to Okey's entire family. My family the Scotts lived in Nellis and were neighbors of the DeRaimos until the mines closed in 1956. I have so many fond memories of the family and the great times that were shared there.
"Our Greatest Generation", hands down. I am sorry for the loss of your father. My father was also a WWII vet and these great men will live on. I was friends with Angelo and Martha. My cousin Jim Kautz introduced me to Angelo years ago. We spent a lot of time hunting together over the years, and just visiting in the off season. I heard many stories of the large DeRaimo family over a lot of lunches and dinners. I still have to copy of the Charleston Newspaper that featured on the front page a picture of all the brothers in uniform and the article was about all of them being over seas at the same time in the war. I could imagine how your grandparents felt at that time. May the Lord rest his soul. Prayers to all of the family.
My Great Grandfather Okey was an amazing sweet man who gave me inspiration from his life's story. I have many fond memories with him from family gatherings and reunions. He was the 7th son of a 7th son and I was told stories of how he breathed onto my mouth once when I was a sick baby and afterwards was miraculously not sick. A long 101 years of life was well lived by a wonderful person who gave joy and inspiration to such a large family and others. I will miss him dearly.
Bear and Pam Daniel
Okey and Priscilla watched over us Like a mom and dad when we lived on the hill behind them two of the most wonderful people I have ever known our prayers go out for the family
Brenda Osborne Fondessy
Okey was a quiet soft spoken man. I always admired his and Priscilla’s life. They were so happy and lots of love between them. RIP dear Okey.
Mr. Okey DeRaimo, 101, of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away at his home Friday, September 16, 2022.
Born in Widen, West Virginia he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Rosa DeRaimo.
From our greatest generation he dropped out of college to enlist and train to become a B17 Bombardier with the US Army Air Corp (now known as the US Air Force). One of the first crews to fly from England, he and his crew were shot down and became a POW in Germany for 16 months. Returning home to start work for Armco Steel as a miner, surveyor, photographer and finally an Engineer.
Dad was honest as the day is long and loved his family dearly. Taking many hunting, fishing, and family trips with both the Osborne and DeRaimo families intermingling. He took pride in being a WWII vet and later became involved in the WV POW group. He and mom became great friends with many families from the WV POW chapter. Later the entire family became involved in the WWII 401st Bomb group chapter making it to yearly reunion and making lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life Priscilla and daughters Brenda and Rosemary. Parents Rosa and Vincenzo DeRaimo, 7 bothers (Louie, Tony, Albert, Joe, Chaulky, Freddy, and Angelo and sister Mary Louise) and Son in law, John Price.
He was a proud West Virginian of Italian Immigrants. He leaves behind his children, John (Deana) DeRaimo of Fernandina Beach; Carolyn Price, also of Fernandina Beach; and Okey (Jody) DeRaimo of New Market, Maryland; two sons in law, Roy (Linda) Mynes of Fernandina Beach; and David (Vickie) Massey of Lenexa, Kansas; 10 grandchildren, Angie, Mark, Brett, Mitch, Chad, Eric, Renee, Summer, Brandt and Trey, as well as 7 great grandchildren.
Services for Mr. DeRaimo will be announced at a later time. He will be laid to rest in his native West Virginia.