Joseph Cicero went to live with the Lord Saturday, March 31, 2007. He was born in Hayward, Calif. on September 14, 1921 to Joseph and Annie Cicero. He went on to graduate from Hayward Union High School in 1939. After having a job delivering Studebakers, he went into the U.S. Army and was attached to the 4th Infantry during World War II. After some prodding, Joe would talk about how he had to jump on tanks and help clear cities and small villages of Nazi troops in the "Battle of the Bulge." Joe received the Purple Heart for his efforts in helping out a fellow soldier after a hand grenade was thrown at them, killing a third member of their group.
After the war, Joe became an owner/operator of several gas stations. In '57, Joe started a boat shop on one of the gas station lots. He ended up leasing out his properties and moving to Reno, Nev. There he became an owner/operator of a motel, another gas station and had apartments built in Carson City, Nev.
After that, it was back to California to start up and sell a janitorial business, buy a janitorial supply business, then a hot dog/restaurant business, a carpet business and other adventures. Joe then moved to LaGrande, Ore. and started up a gift business in the second tallest building in town (which at the time had the tallest 'single lift' elevator in the state.)
Joe ended up living in the Rogue Valley area for the last ten years or so. Working the Flea Market/Swap Meet circuit, Joe had inspired plenty of smiles with his quick wit and welcoming disposition. Joe was a good fisherman, a great cook, a crafty ladies man, a shrewd businessman and the best of friends. May God bless him.
He is survived by his children, James Stanley Cicero and Patricia Joann Cicero Reed; sisters, Palma and Lena Cicero; brothers, Anthony, Jack and Ernest Cicero; and special friend, Rodney Paulson.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2007 at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Arrangements by Abbey Funeral. (541)773-7117