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Walter Antonio
(September 12, 1926 - January 22, 2013)

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Walter Antonio

U.S. Veteran

Walter Antonio of Novato was born on Sept. 12,1926 in Newman, CA and passed on Jan. 22, 2013. He was in the Army in World War II and served in Alaska. He was a longtime dairyman in the central valley and in Marin. He married June Kelly Nov. 17, 1947. They lived in Ignacio at the time while he was working on a dairy. He started working for PG&E in San Rafael in 1953 and worked there 38yrs. He was also the caretaker of Deer Island in Novato for 18 yrs. Preceded in death by his wife of 64 yrs. June Antonio and son Russell Antonio, 7 brothers and 2 sisters. Together he and June raised 7 children. He is survived by children Toni Rosenberger (Robert), of Vacaville, CA, Dora Jean Benson (Kirby), of Vacaville, CA, Walter "Sonny" Antonio Jr. (Carla),of Fairfield, CA, Bonnie Peloquin (Darrell), of Petaluma CA, Ken Antonio(Linda) , of Rohnert Park, CA, Eileen Antonio-Mazza (Phil), of Arbuckle, CA 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren on the way and a sister, Rose Silva. He enjoyed spending time with his family. There were family camping trips to the Russian River, fishing , hunting, riding horses, family games of football, baseball. He was at all sports games for his kids and grandkids. He loved being outdoors, working and playing with the kids and grandkids. He enjoyed trips to Reno and Tahoe as well. He was an avid horseman and loved to ride his palomino Cheyenne around Novato. Walter loved the Petaluma Demolition Derbys. He would spend his week repairing his nephew and family friends cars only to have them demolished on the weekend and returned to his garage to repaired for the following week. He will truly be missed by all that knew him. He was a very giving, loving man.

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