Francis J. ‘Butch’ Damico

Francis J. “Butch” Damico, 73, Altoona, died Sunday at Altoona Regional after an extended illness.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Frank A. and Marie (Brenner) Damico. He married Carol A. Chiarieri on Sept. 16, 1967.

Surviving are his wife; two siblings: Phillip “Skip” Damico (Vicky) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Judith Damico of Altoona; two nephews; and one niece.

Butch was a 1958 graduate of Altoona High School and 1960 graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Drafting and Design. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

He was a senior project representative for Gwin, Dobson and Foreman Inc. for more than 40 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army National Guard with 32 years of service.

Butch enjoyed all sports, especially Penn State football and NASCAR. He was inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame for baseball. He was a charter member of the Altoona Corvette Club starting in 1968 and was president for many years. He was the proud owner of a very rare, all original 1965 Corvette, which is the only 1965 Corvette inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame. In 2007, it became the only car honored by the state of Pennsylvania for all its awards.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013, and 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.