Americo R. Testa
January 8, 1924 – June 9, 2021
Americo Testa 1924-2021
Husband, Father, Brother, Solider left his lengthy and full life passing away at home surrounded by those he loved and those who loved him. From simple beginnings on a farm in Ravenna, Township Ohio, a graduate of Ravenna Township School where he lettered in football and track, he went on to serve in the Pacific Theater during WWII as an infantry scout often spending days in the jungles of the Philippines. “Amei” (A-me) as he was known, served his country with pride and believed in its ideals.
After stints blowing up left over ordinance at the Ravenna Arsenal, owning and training race horses and driving fuel oil trucks on the back roads of Portage County, he embarked on an entrepreneurial career with his three brothers spanning 50 years. During which they ran a successful excavating business, got involved in land development and building homes and apartments, and even dabbled in the restaurant business. Whether Americo was scouting through the jungles of the Philippines, operating a 25 ton excavator or was managing a building project he always did his best and encouraged the success of those around him. Americo enjoyed making wine with his brothers and friends. He also enjoyed golfing, playing cards, and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan with season tickets for over 25 years.
Amei always supported his friends and family in any way he could, when traveling new acquaintances became friends for life. He is preceded in death by his first wife Inez (Biasella) Testa. He is survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Delores (Brant), sons: Matthew/Susan (Yaist) Testa, Thomas/Madeline (Lempert) Bradley of Austin, Texas, sister Hilda (Testa) Mendiola of San Diego, beloved sister-in-law Carol Testa, step-children Denice Brant/Gary Ball, Michele (Brant)/Dan Plazo, Brad Brant, Brian (Belinda) Brant, Jeff Brant, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others who remember their time with him fondly.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend William Kraynak at Immaculate Conception Church, 409 W. Main St., Ravenna, Friday, June 18, 2021, at 11:00 AM, followed by a procession to St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna where he will be laid to rest with full military honors. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, June 18, 2021
Americo R. Testa
June 20, 2021
I once asked Americo about his times in the Pacific during WWII. He told me about contracting malaria and how awful it was. He said the chills were long lasting and would come and go, during his time in the Pacific. It sounded like the effects of malaria lasted for a couple more decades until they finally subsided or diminished.
I hope I’m remembering this right from a conversation we had, but I believe he was apart of the occupation force in Hiroshima, Japan, not long (a couple weeks) after the first Atomic Bomb was dropped and Japan surrendered; to end the war. I can’t imagine how much radiation his body absorbed from being there, in the midst of history, just serving his country.
God bless you Americo, one of the bravest men I’m proud to know.
June 18, 2021
I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Ami- Christmas parties in the "basement" of the lovely home he built on Peck Rd, many summer holiday gatherings at Lake Mohawk, coming to my Brecksville home for Holidays as well. ...let's even go back to our first home on Houghton Rd. where he brought good Ravenna peat moss for my flower beds!
Uncle Ami was always cheerfully, thoughtful and kind. He lived a very good life and I will cherish my good memories of him.
God bless you all in the time of grieving and healing ahead.
June 15, 2021
Hello family, I remember your father and mother so fondly! They were such a pair, remembering the ICS days ...... You've all been blessed as you are aware. May our LORD continue to bless you each and everyone as you grieve and yet also rejoice in your dads eternal home!
Grace and peace