Robert D. Antuono LTC (Ret)

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert D. Antuono, age 79, of North Conway, New Hampshire, formerly of Glocester and Cranston, Rhode Island passed away in the early hours of April 25, 2017 with his wife Melinda by his side following his courageous battle with a long illness.  He is survived by his beloved daughters Pamela Alice Pereira (Peter), Amy Beth Rachiele and his grandchildren Nathan and Elizabeth Pereira and Christian Rachiele.  He is also survived by his brother Rinaldo Antuono of Warwick, and his sisters Eileen Zarrella of Cranston and Geraldine Almonte of Boca Raton, Florida. As the son of the late Rinaldo and Concetta Antuono, he was also the brother of the late Louis Antuono and Anna DiFalco. He was the father-in-law of the late Major (Retired) Timothy Rachiele and happily married to the late Alice (Anderson) Antuono for 40 years. July 3, 1937, marked the birth year of a spirited and loyal man. He was witty and perceived life with inspiration, optimism, and hope. He was unconditionally devoted to his family and his country. LTC (RET) Antuono was selfless in many ways especially when it came to his family always wanting the best for his daughters with unending encouragement for them to follow their aspirations. As a friend, if you needed something, he was a person you could count on. On many occasions in his lifetime, you could hear him say, "God Bless America." This left no doubt of his distinguished military career in the Rhode Island Army National Guard beginning in 1957. During his enlisted service, he held the positions of Operations Sergeant, Company D, 16th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 115th Military Police Company when the unit was activated for Federal Service and deployed to the United States Military Academy, West Point, NewYork. He volunteered for service in Vietnam and served as a Security Platoon Sergeant with the Americal Division in Chu Lai.  He also served as Operations Sergeant in the Head Quarters, 118th Military Police Battalion.  In April 1976, after 19 years of service and achieving the rank of Master Sergeant, he received a direct appointment as an officer with the rank of Captain. As an officer he served as the 243d Military Police Battalion S4 (Logistics), S3 (Operations) Officer and the Headquarters Detachment Commander.  He also served at State level as the Organizational Maintenance Officer and Chief of the Training Division.  During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served as the Chief of the Mobilization Readiness Division. His awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Army Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Overseas Ribbon, RI Star Medal, RING Service Ribbon and Pendant with three oak leaf clusters, Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab. In addition to his military career, he was employed by the State of Rhode Island, National Guard Facilities Management Officer.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Johnson & Wales College. Lieutenant Colonel Antuono was a Charter Member and Life Member of Chapter 48, Special Forces Association.  He was also a member of the Rhode Island Commandery, Military Order of Foreign Wars and the Military Police Regimental Association, Rhode Island Chapter. He was also a recipient of the Order of Saint George. The funeral is being held at the Butterfield Funeral Home and Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI 02910.  It will take place on morning of Saturday April 29, 2017, visitation 8:30-10:30 followed by procession to the Rhode Island Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Exeter, RI for burial with military honors.

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Pam & Family: - 04/27/2017

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Deepest Sympathy,
Gena Bianco

Stephen and Claudia Rioles - 04/27/2017

We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was good friend and will be missed but not forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of need.

Dee - 04/28/2017

Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet him, but am truly grateful for his dedication to and love for his country. God bless and keep you in this difficult time and always.

Bob & Dottie Antonelli - 04/28/2017

To Melinda & Family. Bob was a special person and will be missed by all and never forgotten. When their were military functions Bob was there. He always attended our Military reunions in Florida and Rhode Island so he could be with his fellow retirees. God Bless you my Brother. RIP

Art Curry - 04/28/2017

Antuono Family, I am sorry for the loss of a great American solider and a good person in all ways. RIP Bob.

BG (Ret) Richard J.Valente and Sharon Serio-Valent - 04/28/2017

Our hearts and sympathies go out to Bob's loving family. Bob was a dedicated father and soldier. I was proud to know and serve with Bob. On a lighter note I can recall getting a few hours off following a ten day field exercise at Ft Sill and having Bob tell me he was taking me out for a treat. Would you believe the annual Apache Oklahoma rattlesnake festival!

Finally I will miss his usual farewell greeting to me always delivered with a twinkle in his eye "By your leave sir I will get out of your hair now"

Bob you will be missed

Nathalie Nascimento - 04/28/2017

My sincere condoleances to the family. May you all find comfort in knowing that he is in the presence of our Lord.

COL(Ret) David Russell - 04/28/2017

Pam and Amy,
It was with great sadness and a great sense of loss when I heard of Bob's passing. He was a friend and colleague for 40years. Loyal to the end.
May he rest in peace.

Lois Smith - 04/28/2017

Pam,

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I will be thinking of you and hoping that your pain will be replaced with happy memories of your dad and husband, in time. You are all in my prayers for comfort, peace and love.

COL (Ret) Stephen Kelley - 04/28/2017

Melinda, Pamela and Amy,
Barbara and I wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of you husband and father. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be with him two week ago. Tim went ahead to conduct the recon and act has his escort. May he rest in peace and enjoy the love of God as he experiences being with all those he loved who preceded him.

Michael & Kayne D'Amore - 04/28/2017

Antuono Family. Our sincerest condolences. He was a gifted Man in many ways. We will always remember him as a true gentleman and an inspiration to everyone he encountered. I was blessed to have worked with him. He helped me grow and encouraged me always. All the Way! Sir.

CSM (Ret) Jerry & Joanna Lambert - 04/28/2017

Antuono Family. Our deapest and sincere condolences are with you all. Bob and I go back a long way and he was a true friend. May GOD Bless him and you all. He is at peace. Malinda our prayers are with you along with the rest of the family

COL (Ret) Charles Brule - 04/28/2017

A fine officer and gentleman, always willing to help, Easy to approach with any question, I doubt if anyone could ever take his place.

Linda Erickson - 04/28/2017

Sincere sympathy to you, Pam and Amy, as well as all of Bob's loving family! May you rest in knowing that he is safe in God's hands! Enjoy the wonderful memories you have of him!

Valerie and Gary Rezendes - 04/28/2017

Amy and Pam and the rest of your family! It is such a sad time in life to lose a father. Your dad was a great man and loved his family very much. I always enjoyed being in his company. I'm sure he will be sorely missed. May he Rest In Peace !! Love Val and Gary

Charlie Houle (115th) - 04/28/2017

A friend, a comrade...rest in peace Bob.

Mary Cooney - 04/29/2017

Praying that you all find strength and comfort in one another. Sending love and light.

Jennifer Jones - 04/29/2017

Sending thoughts & Prayers.

MAJ(Ret) George C. Miller - 04/30/2017

My deepest sympathies, I've known Bob since the mid-sixties. He was a good soldier. May he RIP.

Joyce Cavanaugh - 04/30/2017

Amy,Pam, Melinda and family
So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Thanks for letting me share many nice family occasions with all of you. Wishing you Peace and Strength at this sad time.
My deepest sympathy.

Phil and Jonna Axelson - 04/30/2017

He sounds like a wonderful man! You will miss him profoundly. May Gods peace and comfort surround you and your family.
With heartfelt sympathy. Pastor Phil & Jonna

BG (ret) James T Dunn - 05/01/2017

A great person and friend. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. I always looked forward to our numerous and informal chats. May God bless him.

Susan Scorpio - 05/02/2017

With deepest Sympathy. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Laura Landes - 05/03/2017

Love you more, Bobby!



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