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Vincent James “Jim” LoDuca May 22, 1944 – January 6, 2023.
Vincent passed away at home on Friday, January 6, 2023, eternally reunited with his loving parents, Thomas and Santa LoDuca.
He is survived by: wife, Phyllis Haevers, children Katie LoDuca (fiancé Anthony Moore) and Tommy (Lindsey) LoDuca, brother Andy LoDuca, sister Anna Marie (Bill) Low, nephew Ananda LoDuca, niece Neli (Bob) Boulet, and his close cousin Angela (Raffaele) Patrone. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Born on May 22, 1944 in Milwaukee, Vince grew up surrounded by a large Italian family and close-knit community in West Allis. From an early age, he took tap dance and accordion lessons, following in the footsteps of his father, Tom. Vince, along with brother, Andy, and sister, Anna, frequently accompanied his parents on summer trips to Italy where he visited relatives in Sicily and had many adventures.
He graduated from St. Rita Elementary School before attending Marquette University High School. While at Marquette High, he formed a band, the Starliners, with his cousins Andy and Vince Picciolo, playing at weddings and parties in the Milwaukee area on weekends. Vince went on to study and graduate from Marquette University in 1966, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and then attended Marquette University Law School, becoming a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association in January of 1970. He was an active member of the Vagabond Ski Club and belonged to the National Ski Patrol.
In 1969, Vince enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and joined the 440th Air Wing where he held a variety of posts including commander of MWR and the 95th Aerial Port Squadron until 1994. He met his wife, Phyllis, in the Air Force and made lifelong friends: Jim Fischer, Jim Rebholz, Bill Culver, and Tom Wilford. In 1994, Vince was promoted to Colonel and accepted a job with FEMA until his retirement from the service in 1999. He was especially proud of his role helping the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Marilyn.
While serving, Vince concurrently worked at LoDuca Bros, a company founded by his father and Uncle Guy LoDuca in 1941 which over the years gradually transitioned from a focus on music to a focus on wine importing and distribution. He became co-owner and President of LoDuca Bros, taking the reins from his father. He traveled extensively throughout Italy and Europe, meeting with vineyard owners, sampling new wines, and speaking at events and seminars. Vince was also active with the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee and provided the wine for Festa Italiana and other local festivals for many years.
Vince’s life changed with the births of his daughter, Katie, and son, Tommy. Always encouraging, he supported Katie as she pursued interests in fine art, tae kwon do, and fencing and Tommy’s pursuit of a career in medicine. He was a constant guiding hand for the children and cherished the time he spent driving the kids to school, editing their school papers, quizzing them with flashcards, telling them stories, and tucking them into bed at night. He was a constant source of advice on any topic and offered unwavering support for his family.
In addition to being fluent in Italian, Vince was fluent in music. He loved arranging and composing music on his keyboard and often filled the house with music. Everything from classics to jazz to Broadway, including some of his favorites— Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Gershwin, Josh Groban, and Andrea Bocelli. Gardening was also among his hobbies; he took great pride in growing the largest vegetables and prettiest flowers. Vince was a member of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem: Priory of St. John the Baptist for more than 15 years, MOAA, and the American Legion.
The family wishes to thank the Police and Fire Department of Brookfield and New Berlin for their professional care of Vince.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2023 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 West National Avenue, New Berlin, WI 53151. Additional visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, 1260 Church St, Elm Grove, WI 53122, immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you to make a donation on behalf of Vince to the Air Force Assistance Fund.