Dr. Bruno J. Virgili, 97, of Placida, Florida, formerly of Sandwich, died on June 20.
He leaves his wife of 72 years, LuluBelle Virgili.
Dr. Virgili was born in Chicago. In 1980 he moved to Florida after living in Sandwich.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College before entering the US Army, where he served as the operations and training staff officer with the 42nd Bombardment Wing in World War II during missions over Italy and Central Europe.
Dr. Virgili also assisted in mission planning for four bombardment groups (72 B-26 airplanes in each group) and supervised gunnery training with power-operated turrets.
He received a Legion of Merit medal for designing a skip bomb rack that was placed under the wings of P-38 fighter planes. He also received the American Defense Service Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with two Silver Battle Stars, and six OS Service Stars. He rose to the rank of major.
After his discharge Dr. Virgili earned his doctorate from Northwestern University. He practiced for 37 years as a dentist in Portland, Connecticut, before his retirement.
Dr. Virgili enjoyed fishing, golfing, and gardening. In his later years, he enjoyed playing slot machines.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Robert J. Virgili of Placida, Florida; and a granddaughter, Savannah Virgili of Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Dr. Virgili was predeceased by his daughter, Laura Virgili.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 5, from noon to 2 PM at Farley Funeral Home, 265 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 14010 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite 709, Clearwater, FL 33762