Vincent John Del Propost (Jim, Vince) was born on January 5, 1923 in Wooster, OH to Italian immigrant parents Serafino (Sam) & Marietta (Tomasetti) Del Proposto. He died on October 22, 2020., He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Virginia (Gasbarre) Del Propost, infant son James, his parents, and his sisters Mary Gasbarre, Helen Grande, and Josephine Del Propost (infant).
He is survived by his sister Edith Crowner; his children- Steven (Shirley) Del Propost of Clinton; Carol Del Propost of Columbus; David (Andra) Del Propost of Wooster; Sam (Robert Starkoff) Del Propost of Maplewood, NJ; Ronald (Lou) Del Propost, Mark (Patricia) Del Propost of Wooster; & John Del Propost of San Diego, CA; grandchildren- Angie Del Propost, Scott (Diane) Del Propost, Jennifer (Dan) Schmidt, Matthew (Rose) Del Propost, Laura (Andrew) Dutt, Sarah DelPropost, Annamarie (Jason) DelPropost Slabodsky, Ashley Del Propost, Nick (Makenzie) Del Propost; great-grandchildren Kane Griesbaum, Emrie Schmidt, Gabrielle Del Propost, Maddox & Tate Fields, Brody & Colt Del Propost, Addison, Keagan, & Hudson Dutt;and many nieces, nephews, and cousins of Wooster & Italy.
Mr. Del Propost spent his early years growing up with his family on a farm outside of town, andspoke only Italian until entering school at which time he learned English. Following completion of high school, Mr. Del Propost served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945 aboard theU.S.S. Saurey. He was stationed in the Philippines. After his service, he married VirginiaGasbarre) Del Propost in 1946, and worked hard, often two jobs, to support their family ofseven children. A skilled tool and die machinist and astute businessman, he was a principal atM&H Tool & Die, and a co-founder of Advanced Bronze in Lodi, OH. He dedicated his career to maintaining and evolving the business, and was a passionate instructor at the Wayne CountyCareer Center, teaching others his trade. He retired, officially, from Advanced Bronze after 43 years in 2012, though he was known to be a frequent presence at the shop long after his retirement.
Vincent had a strong value around family, and was a dedicated, nurturing, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was proud of his Italian heritage, a pride he passed on to his family. He made several trips to Italy as an adult to visit relatives (uncles, aunts, cousins) and to explore his roots. He was a life-long member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster, where he was involved in parish council, the endowment fund for the school, and was a lay distributor. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Wooster Elks, and Lamplighters, the Italian-American Club. He could be found frequently enjoying dinners at Lamplighters with family and friends. He was an avid aviator and golfer, enjoyed hunting into his80s, and frequently supported his family and community in countless ways that only those whose lives he touched know of or will remember. Family gatherings and holidays will never bethe same without his loving presence. He will be missed terribly.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ohio s Hospice Life Care, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to West View Healthy Living, 1715, Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Mary School Endowment Trust, 515 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Services will be private for family only at this time due to COVID-19. The funeral mass will be live streamed on the funeral home facebook page on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
n lieu of flowers, please send donations to Ohio s Hospice Life Care, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to West View Healthy Living, 1715, Mechanicsburg Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Mary School Endowment Trust, 515 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691
Private family services. Service will be live streamed on funeral home facebook page on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
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