Gerald “Jerry” DiTaranto, 81, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Port Orange, Florida. A visitation will be held Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6 – 8 PM at Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand, Florida. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Lankford Funeral Home, followed by interment at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida at 2:00 PM.
Mr. DiTaranto was born on July 1, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey to Charles and Rose (Grande) DiTaranto. He entered the United States Air Force in 1956 and served honorably until 1960. Gerald moved to DeLand, Florida with his wife Peggy and his children in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Haugh) DiTaranto, brothers; Leonard and Frank, sister Anna Maria, sons; Gerald Jr., Michael, and Donald (Kimberlynn), daughters; Andrea (Mitchell), and Janice (Michael), grandchildren; Kiersty, Brooklynn, Robert, Andrew, Danielle, Jordan and Hunterlynn.
Gerald loved his wife and family, his ’32 Ford truck. He was a charter member of the Elks Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, as well as the DeLand Elks and Eagles. He had many friends and will be sadly missed.