In Memory: Jan. 29-30

Joseph Anthony DeMilia, 90, Vero Beach

Joseph Anthony DeMilia, 90, of Vero Beach passed away Jan. 24, 2020. He was born March 12, 1929, in Lynbrook, N.Y., to the late Joseph DeMilia and Simmie Chase DeMilia.

Joe served in the United States Marine Corp.

In 1963, he drove Liberace’s piano around the United States and Canada for his performances.

He moved with his family to Roseland in 1968 and then to Vero Beach where he lived until his passing.

Joe was a handyman and house painter, working for himself until retirement.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Waite; and one brother, Vincent Paul DeMilia.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his siblings, Sal DeMilia, Marie Combs, and Celia Cittadino.


Arnold J. Kimmel, 89, Sebastian

Arnold J. Kimmel, 89, of Sebastian, died Monday Jan. 27, 2020, with his family by his side. Arnold was born to the late Mark and Lunda Kimmel on Oct. 8, 1930, in Scalp Level, Pa.

He quit school and joined the USMC when he was 15 and went on to receive his GED while in the service.

He married Joan M. Henry on July 23, 1949.  Arnold worked as a heavy equipment operator for several years moving from job site to job site through most of the New England states.

In 1962, Arnold started work as a service mechanic for a heavy equipment supplier in New Jersey and over the next 30 years moved up to the position of Vice President of Service and Parts.

Arnold and Joan retired in 1993 and relocated to Sebastian.  They were both very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Sebastian.

Arnold was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Somerville New Jersey.

Arnold is survived by his wife, Joan; and sister, Thelma Balogh; children, Lynn (Marty) Yannaccone, of Huron, Tenn., and Mark (Nancy) Kimmel, of Beaver Dam, Wisc.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at the 1st Presbyterian church of Sebastian on Sunday March 15, at 2 p.m.


James E. Marley, 84, Vero Beach

James E. Marley, 84, of Vero Beach, our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died peacefully on Jan. 25, 2020. He was surrounded by his family in Vero Beach.

Born on July 18, 1935, in Marietta, Pa., to the late Earl and Elsie Marley, Jim was preceded in death by his son, James E. Marley, Jr.

Jim was blessed to have many wonderful years of happiness with the love of his life, Melinda. His pride and joy included his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathy (Peter); son, Robert; daughter, Kim (Mark); son, Stephen (Kristy); daughter, Elizabeth (Christopher); grandchildren, James E. Marley, II (Whitney), Josephine, and June; great-grandchildren Dante, Kaylinn Elsa and Declan; and very special friends, Jim and Barb Marakowski.

Jim lived an incredibly full and distinguished life. In addition to his immensely successful business career, he was a man who consistently demonstrated service and kindness to those in need.

Jim epitomized the very best characteristics of a servant leader. His fundamental beliefs in academic excellence, perseverance, loyalty, and dedication guided his life and career as an executive and philanthropist.

An avid sportsman who loved hunting and shooting, Jim also enjoyed sharing his decades-long passion for Penn State football with family and friends. A true gentleman who treated everyone with respect and dignity, he inspired others to work hard, be compassionate, and never give up on their dreams.

Jim was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (1957), and Drexel University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1963).

He was employed at AMP Incorporated from 1963 to 1998 and held many executive positions including President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chairman of the Board. He was a founding member of Sageworth Holdings, Inc. and was the owner of Bavarian Select Auto.

His list of credentials includes holding numerous patents and serving on dozens of Boards to include Armstrong Holdings, Inc., Meritor Automotive Inc., Harsco Corporation, Penn State University as the Chair, College of Engineering’s Grand Destiny campaign, Pinnacle Health System, Inc., and more.

He has also served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

Jim and Melinda continually demonstrated their commitment to giving through their philanthropic efforts which includes the establishment of The James and Melinda Marley Emergency Needs Fund through the Perry County Community Foundation; endowments and scholarships to Penn State University; Indian River Hospital Foundation; Pinnacle Health System Foundation; YWCA of Greater Harrisburg; and others too numerous to mention.

Jim was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church of Vero Beach, where a memorial service will be held on Feb. 8, at 1:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life service will be held in Pennsylvania on March 14th at a time to be named in the future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church of Vero Beach, 2365 Pine Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 (in memory of Jim Marley), The James and Melinda Marley Emergency Needs Fund, c/o The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Perry County Community Foundation, 200 N 3rd St, 8th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101, or, if you prefer, a donation to a charity of your choice in Jim’s name.

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