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Robert Pioli

Robert L "Bob" Pioli

Saturday, May 20th, 1922 - Thursday, February 21st, 2019
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2nd Lieutenant Robert Louis Pioli was born May 20, 1922 in Rochester, New York. He was the son of Italian immigrants, Giulio and Dina Ussi Pioli, and had one brother Louis Pioli (Jessie). As a child, he grew up in Niagara Falls and enjoyed playing football, eating all the ravioli his mom could cook, and causing mischief with his brother.
Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corp to serve during WWII. He became an officer and served as a bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress. On April 13, 1944, his plane was shot down over Hungary, and he became a prisoner of war. Robert calls April 29, 1945 the most memorable day of his life, when General Patton led the liberation of his POW camp. In his own words, he described that day:
"It was a bright sunny day; a P-51 buzzed the camp at rooftop so close you could see the pilot wave to us and a barrage of gunfire sounded just outside the camp. Then came the rumbling of the tanks. The most beautiful people in the world, The 14th Armored Division, their tanks came crashing through the gate. Those poor GIs, we mobbed them, they were literally covered with humanity. We were overjoyed to see their friendly smiling faces. And then the most dramatic and emotional moment I have ever experienced occurred. Off in the distance we could see the Stars and Stripes slowly being raised over the nearby town of Moosburg. It was indescribable; there was not a dry eye in camp. I still get emotional when I think back to that moment. The flag may just be a symbol to many, but to me it's Moosburg and that day in April."
Robert was humble and did not like to be called a hero, but he was. He served courageously and proudly, and exemplified what was meant by the term The Greatest Generation. Bob was a Life Member of VFW Post #5108.
After returning from the war, Robert’s friend Angelo “Bruce” Brucato called and told him to come to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana because there were tons of girls and he could play football. No more convincing was needed, and he enrolled right away. Robert was a proud Boilermaker, who loved supporting the old gold and black. While at Purdue, Robert met the woman who became the love of his life and, as he said, made him the luckiest man alive, Roberta Blandford. When it came time to propose, Robert chose his favorite place to do it – the Purdue football field. They married in 1949 and spent 69 years together. They led a life full of love and laughter.
Robert had a 34-year career with Union Carbide as a chemical engineer. He became the first Italian American executive at that company. However, his true passion was golf. He played storied courses, such as Firestone, Muirfield, Oakmont, and his home course of Oxbow. He shot two holes in one and golfed his age, starting at 70. When Robert told his brother, Lou, he shot his age, Lou said he had no idea Robert had turned 100 already. Robert then joked that, with every birthday, that feat became less impressive.
Robert and Roberta brought seven children into the world. Elizabeth Pioli (Dr. Daniel Norviel); William Pioli (Nancy); Barbara Schultz (Terry); Robert J. Pioli (Elvira); David Pioli (Mary Jane); and Mary Anne Hooper (Jeffery). His children were the light of his life. Robert loved to tell stories and challenge his children with riddles. His most legendary riddle was: Freezing it’s not; Paul Bunyan I am.
His children blessed him with 12 grandchildren, whom he adored: Lindsay Smith (Triston); David Schultz; James Pioli (Jennifer); Megan Schultz (Edward Szczypinski); Alissa Pioli; Captain Susan Pioli; Catherine Thurau (Michael); Lauren Pioli; Mallory Norviel; Airman First Class Matthew McCarthy; Sienna Pioli; and Isabella Pioli. He also had four great-grandchildren: Kayla Schultz; Miley Smith; Ryder Bertolette; and Giavanna Roberta Pioli.
At 10:21 p.m. on February 21, 2019, at the age of 96, Robert Pioli passed away in his home, surrounded by family and holding his love, Roberta’s hand. Robert Pioli had a full life, well lived, and worthy of celebration.
Abiding with his wishes, following cremation the family will have a memorial service at their convenience.
The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Ohio Patriot Guard Riders, c/o Robert Woods, 8631 Monticello Drive, West Chester, OH 45069.
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Posted at 06:51pm
Our mutual Friend, Bill Ferguson gave us the sad news about Robert Pioli's death. We are old friends of Bill Pioli.
Rex and I read this obituary with such appreciation for what Mr Pioli did for his Country, the Company that we all started our careers with, and for his incredible family. The apple did not fall far from the tree as Bill Pioli was a very wonderful friend, and, ultimately, mentor to our son Bill who went to Notre Dame carrying Bill's pennant with him to O'Neil Hall.
We hold your family in our prayers and respect. Your Dad sounds like one heck of a guy.
Mary Agnes and Tom "Rex" Kern

Penny Rose

Posted at 10:24am
Maryanne, so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan and Penny Rose

Nancy Luthy

Posted at 08:52pm
Maryanne...I send my sincere sympathy in the loss of your father. Nancy Luthy

Frances Hupp

Posted at 02:35pm
Maryanne and family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Robert. Thru talking with you I know that he was a true American hero, and I thank God and these heroes and for the freedom that I and everyone I know enjoy every day. One thing for sure, the fond memories and time will lessen the pain of your loss. Again, so sorry, Fran Hupp

Cheryl J Skinner, Military Veterans Musuem

Posted at 02:50am
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Robert Pioli, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Air Corps Veteran, Robert Pioli, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

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