James Lavonn, 89 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at his home following a lingering illness.
He was born January 3, 1923 in Luxor, Pennsylvania. James was raised in Ohio, he lived in Lorain for over forty years, moving to Venice, Florida where he lived for ten years before moving to Amherst where he resided for the last twelve years.
James proudly served in the United States Army during World War II where he received the European African Middle Eastern medal with three bronze service stars, the Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp. He was employed at Ford Motor Corporation in Lorain for twenty-six years before retiring in 1986 as an inspector. James was listed in the Lorain County Hall of Fame as a championship bowler and was the Tournament champion of the 1973 Lorain Bowler Association with a record score of a 1974.
Survivors include his wife of sixty years Lois Lavonn (nee: Pozega); his sons and their wives Mark and Gayle Lavonn of Greenville, South Carolina, Greg and Kitti Lavonn of Lorain; daughters Deborah Rosso and her husband Dennis of Amherst, Michelle Freeman of Norwalk, Suzi Perry and her husband Bob of Greer, South Carolina; twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and his brother Joseph Tagliavoni of Amherst.
He was preceded in death by his son in law Ronald Freeman in 2010; and his parents Norman and Beatrice Tagliavoni (nee: Capadona).
Services will be held privately by the family.