Vincent J. LoDuca
May 22, 1944 - January 6, 2023
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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)…

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Julie (Agnew) Wu left a message on January 18, 2023:
My deepest sympathy to the family. Vince and I were good friends during the early 1980s in The Vagabond Ski Club. REST IN PEACE, VINCE.~~Julie (Agnew) Wu
Candace Dietz left a message on January 16, 2023:
I am so sad for the family. Your loss is huge. But what a wonderful, rich life he had with you and because of you. I knew Vince when was in early years at Marquette U. A fun person. We were at Vince and Phyllis beautiful wedding. We will miss him forever. ❤️Candace Dietz
Karyn Kraft left a message on January 15, 2023:
Phyllis, Katie, Tommy and family, John and I send our deepest condolences for your loss of your husband and father. We are Keeping you in thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, John and Karyn Kraft
Al Manteuffel left a message on January 13, 2023:
When I heard that Vince Lo Duca was suddenly gone, I naturally reflected on our 14 years of parallel military service in the 440th Air Wing, of the Air Force Reserve, lately of Milwaukee. Those 14 years are not, by any means, the sum of Vince’s entire military service, but they are the fraction that I know something about. Vince had started at the 440th in 1969, at about the same time as I was commissioned into the Active Duty AF. Based on my prior experience, I can say that the 440th was, without a doubt, the finest AF unit that I ever served in. No small amount of this credit was due to Vince. I worked for Vince for a couple of years after I joined the Wing in the spring of 1980, and I learned a lot from him. Later he and I were fellow squadron commanders for his last seven years at the 440th. His unusual (for a non-pilot), well-deserved promotion to full Colonel compelled him to find a rank-equivalent slot at FEMA in 1994. Here, also, he excelled. Vince was highly intelligent, with an active curiosity and an ability to quickly grasp the essence of a problem. This, and being a good manager, enabled Vince to successfully master no less than three significantly different Air Force career fields at increasing levels of responsibility during the time I knew and worked for and with him, namely ‘Parks and Recreation’ 😉 Administration (Chief - MWR), Supply/Logistics Management (MOBSF Commander) and Air Cargo Terminal Operations Management (Aerial Port Squadron Commander). During the Post-Vietnam Cold War period the AF Reserves were held to and measured against the exact same standards as the regular US Air Force. Vince and the units he commanded never failed to measure up to or exceed those high expectations. He was a consummate professional officer and a widely accomplished gentleman in the best traditions of the American Military. The things he and I and many other Air Force Reserve officers (including his wonderful wife Phyllis) held in common at that time was, *we are not doing this just for the money, but rather we are doing this out of our sense of duty to our country, but also for the occasional adventure and for the camaraderie*. Vince always had a strong sense of duty to America and he was also a splendid comrade, remarkable for his quick wit and lively sense of humor. And, there might have been some (now largely forgotten by me) minor adventures. As you may read in Vince’s updated obit, he was a man of many accomplishments outside of the Air Force as well. At the time, this kind of high level of dual-track job performance was sort of expected of the better senior officers in the Air Force Reserve such as Vince. In his case, each side informed and reinforced the other, to the benefit of both. To sum up, Vince was truly remarkable in his personal qualities and for his many accomplishments, both in and out of the Air Force. On the military side, he upheld the very best tradition of the American ‘citizen soldier’. We may not see his like again anytime soon. He surely left the world a better place for his presence. God’s Blessings. RIP Vince. Lt Col Allan D Manteuffel, USFR (Ret)
Salvatore Ivan Italiano left a message on January 12, 2023:
For the rest of the world, you were [Vincent James] “Jim” LoDuca, but to me YOU WILL always BE the only “DON VINCENZO”. You met (me) this Sicilian peasant 15 years ago and your mentorship forged my spirit and mind into that of a REAL MAN – BOY OH BOY! WHAT A MENTOR WAS GIVEN TO ME!!! […] Yes! Don V, thanks to you “I am now in gig line”, and despite the painful “present absence” of your physical guide, your spiritual one is there like the NORTH STAR. In whatever way, I hope to meet you again in the next life. YOUR forever faithful and devoted FRIEND [Salvatore Ivan Italiano].
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Thomas J Wilford left a message on January 11, 2023:
Our Friendship began at the 440th Air Wing in 1969. We were young, "green", 2nd Lieutenants and ready to start Air Force and Business careers. Our friendship survived to this date despite geographic separation. With thanks for the efforts of our 1st Sargeant, Jim Kroening, we were Blessed with a reunion this past summer. My condolences to Vince's family and praise for his service to God and Country.
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