Floyd J. DeLuca, 87, April 30, 2008. Born April 29, 1921, in Pueblo, CO. Survived by his wife of 58 years and love of his life, Elaine DeLuca; daughter, Diana (Greg) Armstrong; and nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Susie DeLuca; sisters, Emilia Mediate, Elvira Granato, Teresa Tortessi and Palma Ferraro; brothers, Phillip and Fred DeLuca. Floyd owned and operated DeLuca Grocery and Market until 2007. He was famous for his homemade Italian sausage. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in with the 162nd Station Hospital in New Guinea, the Philippines and Admiralty Islands. He received four Bronze Stars, The Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, among other awards. He was a generous, kind-hearted man who is remembered for giving candy to children and sandwiches to the homeless. He spoke several languages and would converse with customers in their native tongue and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of the VFW Post 3641 and American Legion Post 203. Viewing, from 2 to 5 today at the funeral home. Services, 11a.m. Monday, May 5, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with his cousin, John DeLuca officiating. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. Memorials may be made to National Jewish Hospital in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Diana and Family,

    Once again, I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family! Uncle Flory was a HERO! Not many people know about his awards given to him during his time in the service. Being awarded 5 Bronze Stars for acts of Bravery truly dictates the character and spirit of Uncle Flory. He will be missed, and our family will say many prayers for Uncle Flory. God Bless!

    Regards,

    Anthony Cuchiara

  2. What can one say about Uncle Flory? The first thing I can think of is kindhearted. He always wanted to give everyone something, and never let me leave that wonderful store without pop, candy, olives, or sausage. I think he would do almost anything for kids, whom he truly seemed to love and enjoy. I think his generation is the greatest in history; so many things they went through. The depression, WWII, social and cultural change, and lastly our generation; crazy rebellious flower children. And still they loved us until we grew out of it. I can only hope future generations never forget these contributions. They made our world better. And of course my best to Aunt Elaine, Diana, Greg, and all the others too numerous to mention. I will be there in spirit.

  3. Cuz and Di, Although I hadn’t seen Floyd since I was a young girl, I remember his wry sense of humor and kind heart. I am sure he has a special cloud in heaven.
    God Bless, Carolyn

  4. Dear Elaine, Diana and Greg!
    You are in our thought and prayers.Please accept our condolences and sympathy in this hard time of great loss and grief!

  5. Mrs DeLuca and Diana–I am so sorry for your loss. When I see his face the first feeling I get is PROUD. He was proud of his life, wife and daughter. He was proud of who,what and where his journey on earth took him. Let him be proud of both of you now.
    Lots of love to you both. Take care “sister pidgeon”-kay

  6. Aunt Elaine, Diana, Greg…my heart is with you now and always. Uncle Flory was an extraordinary man and a hero. I pray that we all inherit his humble, gentle spirit.

  7. Di
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Truly my heart goes out to you. My prayers are always with you and your family.

    With Sincere Sympathy
    Lillian Lucero

  8. My deepest condolences to the DeLuca Family. I am sorry Susan and I are not able to attend the services. I will miss Uncle Flory’s Dried Italian Sausage, and conversation we had at his store. Our Best to All

    Kenny & Susan Cuchiara

  9. Elaine, Diana: While life’s changes reduced our contacts over the years and decades, our warm and often humorous memories of the kind man that Floyd was will never lessen. We share your sense of loss even as we celebrate Floyd’s arrival at a better, pain- and worry-free place where, no doubt, he’s already in charge of the sausage-making division.
    Love and hugs to both of you
    and, of course, wishes for peace
    Marv and Carolyn Read

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.

    Patricia Oxford-Keating and family

  11. Diana and Greg,

    My dear friend, I am so sorry for your fathers passing. He was a really great man and I know he will be greatly missed. It is so important to keep his memory alive through stories about him…so feel free to email me all that you want, he sounds fascinating. I love you.

  12. Elaine,

    I was so sorry to hear about Flory’s passing. You two were such a beautiful couple and I admire your many years of marriage. My prayers and thoughts will be with you always.

  13. I’ll miss Uncle Flory and have many fond memories of my times with him, both as a child working in the store, and a proud nephew who pitched his wonderful sausage everywhere I went!
    John

  14. Only knowing Diana and what kind of person she is, is a true testament to how great a father Floyd was.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Diana

    Mike Favatella

  15. Dear Diana, Greg and Mrs. DeLuca,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    He was a wonderful, kind-hearted man and I know he’s watching over you.

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