John Valluzzo, 75, founded Danbury museum
Born in Danbury, he was a son of the late George and Matilda Radlow Valluzzo. He was a Danbury-area resident for his entire life, and most recently resided in Ridgefield.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served in the U.S. Army and was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal. He was recognized as the 1st Calvary Division Soldier of the Month three times.
Retiring in 2002, he was the former president and owner of Danbury Centerless Grinding Co., a manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies, founded by his father in 1943.
He was the president and chairman of the board of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, which he founded in 1985. The military museum was his passion, and it stemmed from his in-depth knowledge and love of World War II history.
A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Catholic War Veterans, he was also active for many years with the Danbury Industrial Softball League, serving as president, vice president and as a member of its advisory board.
He was a former member of the Palm Beach Yacht Club, the Redding Men's Club, the Redding Country Club, and the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury. He was a former member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, where he served as a eucharistic minister.
He is survived by a son, David L. Valluzzo, of Easton; a daughter, Carla Ann Valluzzo, of Linden, Va.; a daughter, Joan V. Mazzella, of New Milford; a grandson, Donny James Mazzella, of New Milford; a brother, Lionel Valluzzo, of East Hampton; a sister, Linda Kompare, and her husband, Wayne, of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
The Green Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made for Donny James Mazzella, c/o Savings Bank of Danbury, 220 Main St., Danbury CT 06810 or the Military Museum of Southern New England, 125 Park Ave., Danbury CT 06810.