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“Dear Janet, I have just learned from Mary Pentenburg of the death of your beloved husband Sonny. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I can...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ernie Mazzatenta - Hendersonville, NC

“Dear Aunt Janet and Family. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and help you through this most difficult time. All our love ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Theresa & Nena Sarno - FL

“I did not know Sonny, but to hear his daughter Patty speak fondly of him was to know he was the beloved leader of the family and pillar of the...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: David Walling - Maineville, OH

“Patty, Wishing you and and your family comfort and peace during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Spencer - Warren County OMB, OH

“Patty and family, May your rich memories of your dad carry you through your grief. I send my most heart-felt condolences. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Dawn Johnson - OH

“My family and I are sorry for your loss...He was a good person. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Robert Snodgrass - Niceville, FL

“Tom, Donna, & family, We are very sorry for your loss and you all, along with your Dad & family, are in our prayers. -Decaminada Family ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Joey Decaminada - Lewis Center, OH

“I am so sorry to hear about Sonny. My condolences to his wife,children and extended family. I have fond memories of our times together when we were...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: frank cooper - shelby, NC

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with your whole family. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Paula Crow - Xenia, OH

“I wish to express my sympathy in your loss and to let you know that my thoughts are with you. Patti Taulbee Warren County Auditors ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Patti Taulbee - OH

“Tommy and family please accept our condolences at this most difficult of times. -Matfes family ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Herman Matfes - Berkeley Heights, NJ


Anthony J. "Sonny" DePalma, 77, died at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28, 2012, at his residence in Lima, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was born Nov. 17, 1934, in Lima to Anthony and Mildred Landis DePalma, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 29, 1958, in Lima, he married Janet Daley, who survives. Mr. DePalma was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked 26 years for the Lima Police Department where he retired as the inspector of detectives. After retirement, he went to work as an investigator for the Allen County Prosecutor's Office until 2008. While on the police force, he attended Lima Technical College and received his associate degree in law. He attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., and graduated in 1979. He thoroughly enjoyed his work and attended many classes and seminars to keep up with the changes in law. He was chosen as the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award in 1997 and was chosen as staff person of the year in 2008 by the Ohio Prosecutors Association. He was always willing to help people in need and his unique sense of humor would always put a smile on your face. He was loved by his family and enjoyed cooking. His breakfasts became legendary with his grandchildren. Survivors include three sons, Anthony DePalma and Robert DePalma, both of Lima, and Thomas (Donna) DePalma, of Powell; a daughter, Patricia (Ron) Solinksi, of Lebanon; six grandchildren, Leda, Vincent, Frank, Nathan, Gina and Nick; two sisters, Pauline Cutlip and Sharon Caprilla, both of Lima; two brothers-in-law, Louis (Renee) Daley and Thomas (Ruth) Daley; four sisters-in-law Rosalyn (Ralph) Thorpe, Patricia (Don) Crose, Marilyn DePalma, and Clementine DePalma; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Phil, Frederick, Ralph and James; and three sisters, Mary Mack, Frances Washam and Mildred Venturella. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. The Rev. David Ross will officiate. Burial will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post 1275. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel, where a Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21 memorial service will begin at 8 p.m. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ryan Young Scholarship Fund or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

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