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Ronald Joseph Colaprete

Ronald Joseph ColapreteRonald Joseph Colaprete of Fairfax, VA, was born April 11, 1931, in Niles OH, the second son of Helen Marie (Smith) Dellego and Nicholas Dale Colaprete.  He passed away Sept. 30, 2011.

He graduated from Dellroy High School, Dellroy, OH, in 1949.  In June of 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving three years and being Honorably Discharged December of 1952.  After returning home, he worked at Republic Steel in Canton, OH, as a crane operator and then decided to re-enlist into the Air Force in December of the following year.  He was a weather operator and nose gunner in RB36 bombers, earning his wings for Senior Airborne. 

In 1957, he was accepted into the U.S. Air Force OSI (Office of Special Investigation) school. For the next 10 years he was a special agent in Counter Intelligence and Criminal Intelligence.  He was stationed in Turkey from 1956-1960 then at Bunker Hill Air Force Base in Indiana from 1960-1965.  After attending the Language Institute in Monterey, CA, he was sent to Germany from 1965-1968.  While stationed there, he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army.  Upon returning back to the U.S. in 1968, he attended Criminal Investigation School at Fort Gordon, GA, and was then sent to Korea for 13 months. 

He was next sent to Vietnam in 1971, serving as Officer In Charge in Qui Nhon.  After Vietnam, he was re-assigned to Fort Gordon where he was a Criminal Investigation Instructor.  He retired from military service Dec. 31, 1974.  During his military career he received numerous unit citations, a Bronze Star for valor and a Vietnamese Liberation Citation.  After military service, he accepted a position with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. having served as Deputy Chief of the Protection Division for 13 years then as Chief for four years.  He retired from Smithsonian Institute after 20 years in 1994.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Marie(Smith) Dellego; father, Nicholas Dale Colaprete; and brother, Nicholas Colaprete.

He is survived by his first wife, Jacqueline (Dever) Colaprete and son, Ronald Colaprete and his wife Marty (Cole) of Carrollton, OH; daughter, Cindy Colaprete of Wapokeneta, OH; three grandchildren, Jill and Jackson, of Ohio, and Joy (Mike) Parsons and great grandson Liam of Murrieta, CA; and his current wife Yong Cha Colaprete, son John (Rachel) Colaprete.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, Fairfax, VA.  Graveside services will be Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude's Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN.

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