Paul R. Lucci Sr., an Army veteran of World War II who was wounded three times, died unexpectedly Friday in his Kenmore home. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school and was on the front lines during the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was shot twice in the stomach and suffered shrapnel wounds on his arm. Later deemed disabled, he received 14 medals -- including three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.
A Kenmore resident for the past 20 years, Mr. Lucci enjoyed baseball, horse racing and music.
His wife, the former Mary M. McDonnell, whom he met while stationed in England, died last July 16.
He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Needham of Wayland; two sons, Terrence of North Tonawanda and Paul E. of Cheektowaga; two sisters, Josephine Adornetto of Buffalo and Rose Hines of Wheatfield; three brothers, Joe of Orlando, Calif., and Victor and Robert, both of Williamsville; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath.