July 2, 1924 ~ June 27, 2020

Born in: New York, New York
Resided in: Lone Tree, Colorado

Colonel Frank Romano, one of the few remaining members of “The Greatest Generation” passed away at Sky Ridge Medical Center on June 27, 2020.  His son, Robert Romano was by his side.  Colonel Romano was born in Corona, Queens NY into an Italian immigrant family.  He was raised among an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.  He attended the New York City public school system – excelling and graduating High School at the age of 16.

One might ask how an Italian boy from New York ended up in Colorado.  In 1942, as our country, and world, was at war, he felt the need to serve.  Too young to enlist, his mother had to sign his enlistment papers.  His first assignment was with the famous 10th Mountain Division in Leadville, Colorado.  It was during this time that he fell in love with the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  The journey began.

After returning home from the Army, he married his love – a little Irish girl named Patricia McKeon, from Brooklyn, NY.  For 33 ½ years he progressed through the ranks and  traveled the globe serving his country.  Sometimes with, and sometimes without his family.  His assignments included, Philippine Islands – Okinawa, Japan, –  Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo –  Ft Indian Town Gap, Pa –  Saudi Arabia – Ft. Devens, Ma –  Ft Benning Ga – Ft Carson, Co –  Ft Leavenworth, Ks – Camp Darby, Italy – South Korea and Heidelberg, Germany.  Along this very busy route, he and his bride managed to have and raise 6 children.

Colonel Romano retired in 1974 in Colorado Springs, where for the first time in over 30 years set up long term housekeeping.  He and Patricia spent 31 years in the same house, finished raising their family and made many long time friends.  In 2005, with children and grandchildren living in the Denver area, they decided to relocate to Lone Tree where they spent their remaining years.

Colonel Romano lived his almost 96 years to the fullest.  He was his happiest when he was surrounded by his family, preferably with a big plate of pasta, meatballs and a glass of chianti.  His children and grandchildren feel so blessed he was in their lives for so long and are proud to carry on many of his Italian traditions.

Colonel Romano was predeceased by Patricia, his wife of almost 60 years and his oldest child, Frank Romano III.  He is survived by 5 children – Joanne Capozzi and husband Rocky of Eagle River, AK – Michael Romano and his companion Vicki Norrie of Goodyear, AZ – Robert Romano of Aurora, CO –  Marianne Parker and husband Rick of Rogers AR –  James Romano and his wife Andrea of Lone Tree, CO – 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his companion of 10 years, Janet Hanna of Centennial, CO.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Centennial, Co, and internment with full Military Honors at Logan National Cemetery.  This will be held privately for immediate family at a later date.

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  1. Romano family,
    I have been blessed to know your loving father, Colonel Frank Romano. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Godspeed Franco…

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  2. On behalf of our branch of the family tree, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to our Romano cousins. Uncle Frank meant a great deal to us, and we all enjoyed his love and stories of his adventures over the years. He will be greatly missed…May he Rest In Peace. Love, James and Jane McKeon, Adam and Erin.

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  3. So sorry for the loss of this patriot and revered father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Prayers for the family.

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  4. Babbo

    You are indeed the wind beneath my wings.
    Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
    You’re everything I wish I could be

    You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
    You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
    I am strong when I am on your shoulders
    You raise me up to more than I can be

    Mi Mancherai.

    Roberto

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  5. COL Romano was always a brilliant example of a true leader. He and “Moma Pat” opened there home to me as my sponsor when I was at the AF Academy. They both taught me so much about life, family, the military, and God. They supported me through good times and bad, offered words of encouragement, and provided tough love when needed. I never forgot the lessons they taught me. During my own career in the AF, when faced with difficult decisions I would ask myself what COL Romano would do. His example never let me down. May he Rest In Peace.

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  6. I salute you Col Romano.
    Such a great man with a living legacy of your fine family to show for all the love and dedication you had for them and for us all. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace.

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  7. Col. Romano – Well done faithful servant. You stood for us for years. We stand for you.

    We have the Watch. Rest easy. Sail On Sir Sail On.

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  8. I met Uncle Frank first with Aunt Pat at my First husband Tom McKeon’s Mom’ house in Mahwah NJ. They were so wonderful to me. And the second time With Tom and our son Tom Jr. at Tom’s mothers funeral. At that time our son was in the Air Force and was wearing his dress uniform. Uncle Frank and our son had an instant connection and they talked a long time. Uncle Frank was hugging him. He was wonderful to our son. When our son was told of Uncle Franks passing he was so sad. God Bless You & Keep You Uncle Frank Thank you for your service to our Great Nation. RIP Uncle Frank

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  9. Happy Birthday Uncle Frank. I love you with all my heart, and cherish the love and memories you gave me and my family. Hope you and Aunt Pat are having cocktails with my mom and dad. You will be forever in our hearts. Love you, Unk!

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  10. My family and I had the great privilege to share a pew with Frank at STM. I usually got to sit right next to him to celebrate mass, hold his hand during the Our Father, greet him first with blessings at the kiss of peace, and follow him towards the altar at communion. His smile was a warm welcome and in sharing The Word with him made him significant to our family. My mother and father, Guy and Cecelia German built a strong connection too. My father is retired Air Force officer; my mother born and raised in the Springs. They had much to talk about over brunch in the Padre or lunch after church. Your loss is our loss. Please know Frank was special to us! May he Rest In Peace through the glory of God.

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  11. Thanks for all the genealogical help you gave my cousin Anne Niccolai Black during your friendship.
    You were an immense help in answering many of her unknowns in the Niccolai lineage.
    God bless you and keep you.

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  12. The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our condolences and our gratitude for Col Romano’s service to our country in the Army. If you would like any help with matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), etc you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

    Steve Young
    Lt Col, USAF, Ret
    Director, Buckley AFB RAO

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  13. To all the Romano’s- He was a “National Treasure” and will be missed by all!
    I am thinking he has become your guardian angel and will watch over you all.
    Carol
    Friend of the family

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  14. COL. Romano has been an inspiration for more than 30 years, teaching, coaching and guiding with a firm hand and a ready smile. As a fellow board member with the 10th Mountain Foundation, Frank guided me through the complexities of military courtesies and ceremonies, as well as the internal politics, with grace, diplomacy, and humor. He inspired commitment and loyalty.

    I will miss you, Sir!

    Climb to Glory. Go with God.

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  15. Col. Romano was a beacon of inspiration and hope to us all. His incredible positive attitude and verve for life will be missed! His emails always brought a smile to my face. May the mountains welcome you home ski trooper. Rest in Peace.

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