CSM (R) Anthony Rucci

CSM (R) Anthony Rucci

Tuesday, July 1st, 1941 Sunday, June 21st, 2020

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Obituary for CSM (R) Anthony L. Rucci

CSM (R) Anthony L. Rucci, age 78, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 while at the Tennessee State Veteran's Home in Clarksville.

A Celebration of Life with U.S. Army honors will be held at a later date. CSM Rucci will be laid to rest at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.

Anthony was born on July 1, 1941 in Hartford, CT, to the late Angelo B. Rucci and Clara Rucci. He was a dedicated soldier, having honorably and bravely served his country with tours in Okinawa, Vietnam, and across much of Europe. He served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, and the 1st, 5th, and 10th Special Forces Group. Anthony had also participated in the US Sergeant Major Academy for six months and was the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his military career. Notably among those were the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/ Palm, the Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Campaign Stars, and numerous other Vietnam campaign related service medals and ribbons. His last duty assignment was with the 20th Engineering Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). CSM Rucci retired from service in 1988 after 30 years of tenure. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also owned and operated Anthony's Lock & Key for some 25 years after his Army career. He was a proud, lifetime member of the Special Forces Association (Chapter 38), American Legion Post 223, and the VFW.

In addition to his parents, Angelo and Clara Rucci, Anthony was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Rucci, and his grandson, Marcus Baez.

Anthony is survived by his wife, Patricia Rucci; children, Debbie Baez (Wally), Terry Rucci (Patti), Antonio Rucci (Pam), Amber Hamilton, and Brett Bishop (Jessica); siblings, Richard Rucci, Donna Butkus (Barry), Maryann Rucci, and Robert Rucci; grandchildren, T.J. (Jessei), Tiffany (Lucas), Brandy, Ashley, Cortland, Christopher, and Braylee; and several great grandchildren.

Anthony's family would like to extend a special Thank You to the care givers in House 6 and House 9 at the TN State Veterans Home.

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Terry, I am sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and wishing you strength and peace during this hard time.
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Our thoughts are with you during this time. We are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time
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Larry Ray Morrison

I am so sorry for the loss of CSM (R) Anthony L. Rucci and I knew him as a Former Soldier stationed there at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and he retired from the Army after 30 years in the same year that I retired in 1988. Anthony was a very good and Honorable Man and was a Great Friend to many of us Veterans that served their Country. He will be greatly missed by all and I thank the Opportunity that I had to have met him and to know him as well.
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May you rest in peace grandpa!!
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Alison Gardner

Tony was my SGM in my while I served under DISCOM at Fort Campbell Ky. One of my fondest memories is when he called out the NCOs while in field training one night and treated us to frog legs he caught and cooked over an open fire. We all had such a good time even the coffee was good. Tony loved people and he loved to cook for them. Awesome food, awesome friend. You will be missed. David and Alison Gardner.
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Donna Butkus

So I am the older sister of my brother Tony! Have to tell you how much your comment above made me laugh!!! When I was about 6-7 yrs old, Tony made me (yup, really forced me) to EAT FROGS LEGS over a small fire in pan behind our home. I was SOOO GROSSED OUT....and refused! Naturally he talked me into it, by saying that they "tasted just like chicken, and I'd Love them"! Sure enough, they weren't that bad! (A story I tell many @ my brother!) Soooo thanks for your comment above, it sure made my day! Donna (Rucci) Butkus
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