Obituary: Harry P. Digesti
Loving Husband, Father and Nonno passed away peacefully at Manor Care on April 29, 2011, surrounded by family. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the medical staffs of Saint Maryand#8217;s Hospital, Manor Care Skilled Nursing and Vista Care Hospice for their help and compassion during a very difficult time.
Harry was born Oct. 5, 1924 in Floriston, California, in the family residence along the banks of the Truckee River. The son of Guiseppe and Carola Digesti, and younger brother of Florence and Gino. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Florence.
The family migrated up river settling in Truckee, where Harry was raised and attended school, graduating from Tahoe Truckee High School in June, 1943. He was active in all aspects of school life and was particularly proficient as an alpine skier and ski jumper.
Within two weeks of his high school graduation, at the young age of 18, he left to serve his country in World War II. He proudly served in the U.S. Army assigned to the 25th and#8220;Tropic Lightningand#8221; Division. On Jan. 11, 1945, the 25th received orders to land at Luzon in the Philippine Islands. Once in country, Divisional units quickly pushed from the Lingayen Gulf to the main highway through Balete Pass where they joined forces with the 32nd Infantry Division. By the time the 25th captured Balete Pass, it had suffered more combat deaths than any other U.S. Division in the Philippines. With the battle of Luzon at a close, and#8220;Tropic Lightningand#8221; started preparing for the invasion of Japan. In the 165 days of continuous active combat in the Philippines, the 25th set the record for combat endurance in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
On January 25, 1946, he was honorably discharged from service to his country. On February 8, 1947, he married Silvana Micheli in Truckee, where he settled to start his family. He was the owner and founder of the Tahoe Truckee Fuel Company until 1959, when he moved his family to Reno. He became a partner in Allied Automotive, joining his life-time friend Orlan Sanders. At the time, Allied Automotive was the largest automobile parts store in Northern Nevada, with stores in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Truckee and Winnemucca. Harry retired from Allied in 1982; however, he continued to work part time in the auto parts business in Reno.
He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Silvana, son Larry (Robyn) Digesti, son Jim (Rona) Digesti, Nonnoand#8217;s Grandchildren, Aly (Mark) Estee, Matthew Digesti, Joseph Digesti, Marc (Jenny) Digesti, Desiree (Tim) Springer, Ben and Sarah Russell, Jennifer Apodaca, and Nonnoand#8217;s Great Grandchildren, Emma, Owen, Madison, Carson and Jillian.
On Friday, May 6, 2011, there will be a viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. with a Recitation of the Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at Waltonand#8217;s Sierra Chapel 875 W. Second St., Reno. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright St., Reno, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Entombment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.