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gambucci-pic-small-220x300-1Joseph Gambucci, age 96 of Northfield, passed away Friday evening, September 16, 2016, at Three Links Care Center.

Joseph Gambucci was born on July 17, 1920, in Hibbing, Minnesota, to Thomas and Jeanette (Perreti) Gambucci. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1938, and attended Hibbing Junior College in pre-med until he was drafted into the Air Force during World War II, with basic training in Alabama and Mississippi. While home on leave, Joe married Lois Nicholson on October 10, 1943. Joe served as a combat instructor-pilot flying in Burma, Japan and China. After World War II, Joe came home to Hibbing and worked in the mines until being recommissioned to serve in Korea and Vietnam. All in all, Joe flew 387 combat missions and received 38 medals and numerous awards, achieving the rank of Major. After 26 years, Joe retired and he and Lois moved to Chicago, where Joe served in the Department of Commerce for ten years. They returned to Minnesota in 1980 and bought a motorhome, traveling around the U.S. and Canada for two years before settling in Grand Rapids and then Northfield. Joe was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, and camping, and, in his later years, watching TV, reading, and Charleston Chews.

Survivors include his daughter Diana of Nashville, his son Thomas of Florida, his daughter-in-law Jane Gambucci of Northfield; four grandchildren: James, Mark, Troy, & Ryan Gambucci; 5 great grandchildren: Sophia, Nathan, Andrew, Emily, and Shelby Gambucci; two sisters: Olympia Minerich of Duluth, and Fran Vos of California; his sister-in-law Nancy Williams of Apple Valley; other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, his son Joseph Jr., his brothers Frank and Hugo, his sisters Rena Hamil, Mary Jeffrey, Yolanda Bebout, and his parents.

A funeral mass date and time are pending.  Interment with Military Honors will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.