James Vincent Dalto, 74, of Danville PA passed away on March 4, 2020 due to
complications of cancer. He was born on July 27, 1945, the son of the late
Michael C. Dalto and Margaret E. (Cromis) Dalto.
James attended St. Joseph Parochial School for eight years. He graduated
from Danville Area High School and from Lycoming College with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in English. After graduation, James enlisted in the U.S. Air
Force and then the U.S. Marine Corps during which time he served in Vietnam.
He participated in the 1968 siege at Khe Sanh and was awarded two Purple
Hearts for his service
Throughout his life he worked in a variety of professions including a Drug &
Alcohol Counselor, Salesman, Blackjack Dealer, Bartender, and RV Delivery
James enjoyed assembling model planes which he donated to V.A. Centers. His
other hobbies included fishing, photography, voraciously reading science
fiction novels, completing crossword puzzles in record time, playing games
of chance and spending time with his family and friends. James cherished his
independence and had a profound love of driving on the open road. James was
a storyteller; he was the author of short stories and the novel “A
Grunt’s Tale” which detailed his experiences in Vietnam. He was working
on the “World’s Worst Joke” at the time of his death. James was a
life-long registered Democrat and loved sharing his opinion about politics.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by two daughters; Jennifer Yerusavage, grandsons Christian
Yerusavage, Matthew Kertsmar, Franklin Jennings; and daughter Jessica Allen
and her husband Ari; grandsons Gabriel, Andrew James, and 9 nephews and
nieces. Also surviving are his sisters; Rosemary L. Dalto, Caroline M.
Balliet and her husband Michael; brothers Joseph Dalto and his wife Joyce;
Andrew and his wife Darleen and Louis C. Dalto. He is also survived by his
dear friend, Mary Jane Gooler, who made his last days joyful. He was
preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth A. Beachel and his niece, Alison
Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life to be held
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at Danville American Legion Post 40 175
Northumberland Street Danville PA from 1:00 PM to 4:00 pm. Military rites
will be accorded.
A special thanks to the Veteran’s Administration for all the services
provided to Jim over the years. You made his life better in a multitude of
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to
Danville American Legion Post 40.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street Danville PA.
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