Jerome Vincent “Jerry” DiBacco, Sr., age 88 years, a resident of Parsons, WV, departed this life Monday morning, January 11, 2021 at Cortland Acres, Thomas, WV. He had been in declining health.
He was born Saturday, December 31, 1932 at Thomas, WV, a son of the late Carmon George and Anna Cecilia Devore DiBacco. On September 5, 1953 at Washington, DC, he was married to the former Madonna Ruth Barr, who survives. They had celebrated sixty-seven years of marriage.
Also surviving are two sons, Jerome Vincent “Butch” DiBacco, Jr. and wife Kathy, and Joseph Anthony “Joe” DiBacco and wife Katie, all of Parsons; one daughter, Tina Marie McWilliams and husband Donnie of Parsons; one sister, Barbara Sedmock and husband Edward of Canton, OH; eight grandchildren, Jerome DiBacco, III and wife Christina, Ryan DiBacco and wife Sarah, Derek McWilliams, Devanne DiBacco, Carmon DiBacco, Corey McWilliams and wife Callie, Collin DiBacco and Anna DiBacco; six great grandchildren, Kaylee, Eva and Colt, Abby, Maria and Cecelia.
He was a graduate of Thomas High School with the class of 1950 and attended Potomac State College. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, drafted in 1953 and stationed in Desert Rock, NV, during the atomic warfare testing. He drove beer truck for “Riggie” DiBacco, was a reporter for the Elkins Inter-Mountain, and worked for Mountaineer Gas Company, retiring in 1987 after thirty years of service. In his spare time, he enjoyed searching and writing family history and Joke Books. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his younger years he officiated high school basketball games.
He served as Justice of the Peace for eight years, two-year term as Mayor (during the flood of ’85), Tucker County Board of Education member from 1978-1984, and also from 2006-2014, never missing a board meeting. He served (two) six-year terms as Tucker County Commissioner. He donated one hundred two pints of blood. Most importantly to him – Grandfather.. He loved his grandkids more than he loved his own kids and that’s something that one can never forget. Love ya Grandad!
The family received friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. On Thursday evening at 7 p.m, at the funeral home, a wake service was recited. On Friday morning, January15, 2021, Mr. DiBacco was moved to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church of Parsons, where the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. The Reverend Father Timothy Grassi officiated and interment followed at the Bethel Cemetery at Holly Meadows, where the WV. Army Honor Guard, the H.W. Daniels Post #29 American Legion, the Tygart Valley Post #3647 Veterans of Foreign War and the Tucker County Veterans Association conducted full military honors. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 221 Water Street, Parsons, WV 26287. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Jerome Vincent “Jerry” DiBacco, Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.