Louis J. Casillo of Cheektowaga, a decorated World War II veteran and retired mail carrier, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. He was 82.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Casillo graduated from School 75 and Seneca Vocational High School. He earned an electrical appliance servicing diploma through International Correspondence Schools.
During World War II, he rose to the rank of corporal in the
Army Air Forces, serving in the South Pacific toward the end of the war.
As a radio technician, he directed air support of ground operations and was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster. Mr. Casillo -- who was recommended for a Purple Heart but never received it -- was injured while driving through an explosion.
Mr. Casillo worked as a letter carrier in Cheektowaga from 1958 to 1986 and as a maintenance employee at the Century Professional Building on Kensington Avenue from 1976 to 2001.
He was a member of the Retired Letter Carriers Association and American Legion and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. An avid reader, he enjoyed building model airplanes, cars and tanks.
Mr. Casillo also enjoyed repairing electrical appliances and doing home repairs, as well as traveling and attending concerts and the theater.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Marie C. Battaglia; a son, Jeffrey M. of Blasdell; two sisters, Evelyn Cardin and Antoinette McIntosh, both of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and four brothers, Fred Oddi of Buffalo, Joe Oddi of Depew, Pat Oddi of Cheektowaga and Iggie Oddi of Depew.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in Mother of Divine Grace Catholic Church, 120 Old Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. Entombment will be in Our Lady of the Rosary Mausoleum, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheektowaga.