Louis S. Piccotti, Carbondale native and longtime Boise, Idaho businessman, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, 2017, of natural causes.
Born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, on May 25, 1934, to Galliano Piccotti and Caroline (Collura) Piccotti, he was the second oldest of their six children.
He learned a lot about the Northern Anthracite Coal Field from his father, who was a coal miner’s son, but what he learned about hunting and fishing in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania from his dad lasted a lifetime.
He passed this on to his own children as they became young sportsmen. Lou was educated at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School from first through twelfth grade.
His classmates said he was the smartest one in the class!
After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Airmen First Class. He then earned his Aircraft Engineer rating, was selected for Aviation Cadet School in Harlingen, Texas, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at his graduation.
Lou continued his education at the University of Maryland, Baylor, University of Alabama and Eastern New Mexico University.
Lou received his Navigator Wings in 1956 at Mather Air Force Base, California, where he met and married Anne Marie Litell of Sacramento.
The full military wedding took place at a Nuptial Mass at Mather Air Force Base Chapel, California.
Lou’s Air Force career spanned 20 years. He became a Master Navigator and flew several different Aircraft including the B36 “Peacekeeper”, the WB-50 Hurricane/Typhoon Hunter and RF-4C Reconnaissance jet. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring from the Air Force with an Honorable Discharge in 1973 as a Lt. Colonel.
As a civilian in upstate New York, he served as Vice President of a heavy-and-highway construction company. After several years, Lou and Anne Marie moved their family to the Treasure Valley, where Lou opened Capitol Schwinn Cyclery in Boise, Idaho. He was a fair minded and intuitive businessman who, over the years, added baseball and fitness equipment to his inventory of bicycles.
Baseball was his favorite sport and he was loyal New York Yankees fan.
His stadium seat, seat #1, from the original “House That Ruth Built” in NYC was one of his prized possessions.
Lou also provided recreation for all of Boise by donating Bocce Ball Courts to the Boise City Parks.
He was the president of the Idaho Bocce Ball Club, a member of St. Marks Catholic Church, the Italian American Club of Boise, a Life Member of the Air Force Association, the Retired Military Officers Association, the Disabled American Veterans, and Pheasants Forever Inc.
Lou loved his wife and children and they loved him. He was a family man who worked hard all of his adult life, and enjoyed his time on the earth making good use of his God-given talents.
He was both an inspiration and a challenge to his friends. There was never a dull moment.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary Carol Piccotti, his brother Russell Piccotti, and his daughter, Jean Marie Piccotti.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Anne Marie, and his children, Rose Marie Garner, Mary Caroline Slater, Anne Therese Stafford, Louis Joseph Piccotti, Rita Ann Harding, John Louis Piccotti, Carol Ann Copp, Lynn Louise Lockhart, Gene Louis Piccotti and Tony Louis Piccotti. He is also survived by his 24 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and his sisters, Marcella Drago, Charlotte McAllister and Judy Narcavage.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 6 N. Church Street, Carbondale. Interment with military honors will follow at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery, Greenfield Township.
Arrangements are entrusted to Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Carbondale.
Memories and Condolences may be shared with the family on Louis’s memorial web page at www.parisefuneralhome.com.