Salvo Verucchi
Salvo Verucchi
  • December 29, 1934 - March 2, 2017
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Salvo J. Verucchi “Tony”, 82, of Hot Springs, died on March 2, 2017. He was born December 29, 1934 in Natchez, Mississippi to the late Augustine and Mary Verucchi Sr. Tony was a Hot Springs resident for more than 40 years.

Tony enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on June 3, 1952 when he was 17 years old, just after graduating from high school. He was a member of the Cold Weather Battalion boxing team, Camp Pickel Meadows, California. Tony was elected captain of the boxing team where he was runner up as a middle weight in the Nevada State Golden Gloves in Las Vegas in 1955. Archie Moore, then Light Heavy Weight Boxing Champion of the World, refereed this match. Tony received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps on June 2, 1955. During his tenure he received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

While attending Hinds Junior College in Raymond, Mississippi in 1956 Tony won the Mississippi Golden Gloves Tourney. In order to win the championship he had to win two fights in one night. The next stop for Tony was fighting at the Mid-South Golden Gloves Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. He was runner up as a welter weight.

Tony graduated from Hinds Junior College in 1957 and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management from Louisiana State University in 1959.

His first job was an Area Forester with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. After one year Tony began to work with the U.S. Forest Service. He worked 40 years with the Forest Service in different positions serving as a Forester, Assistant District Ranger, Deputy Director of Work. At Schenck Job Corp in North Carolina he served as District Ranger on three National Forests and a land appraiser until his retirement on December 31, 1999.

Tony was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hot Springs, an avid tennis player and loved hiking with his Boxer dog, Andy, who was his best buddy and he looked forward to connecting with all of his pets on Rainbow Bridge in the afterlife.

Survivors include his loving wife Rena; four sons, Anthony, Robert (Maria), Michael (Suzanne) and Richard; stepson, Brian Albright; nine grandchildren, Shaun, Hunter, Chelsey, Nicole, Kim and John Verucchi, Lyndon, Madelyn, John Albright; three great grandchildren; one brother, Augustine (Betty) and five nieces and nephews.

Tony is predeceased by his step daughter, Shannon Albright; several aunts, uncles, cousins and one very special aunt, Annie Lewis, who passed in December of 2012.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Pines Nursing Home and also Arkansas Hospice for wrapping their arms around Tony for love and comfort.