Raymond J. Palanca, 91, Vero Beach

Raymond J. Palanca, 91, died May 8, 2010, at Indian River Medical Center.

He was born in Chicago Heights, Ill., and lived in Vero Beach for 29 years, coming from his birthplace. He was an Army veteran of World War II and participant in the D-Day landing in Normandy, France.

Before retirement, he worked 34 years as a hammerman for the Wyman Gordon Co., in Harvey, Ill.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Palanca of Vero Beach; daughters, Fran Miller of Bonita Springs, Lillian Shworles of Las Vegas and Marlene Yacono of Homosassa; stepdaughters, Donna Shaw of Plainfield, Ill., and Diane Boss of Fort Worth, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen N. Palanca; and son, Raymond J. Palanca Jr.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. May 13 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach.

Military honors will be conducted by the Sebastian Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at strunkfuneralhome.com.

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