Colonel Elo Mussetto, USAF Retired, aged 94, passed away at Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, following a happy Christmas with his family, who were present when he died.
Elo was the middle son of Guiseppi and Rosa (Martinelli) Mussetto of Morgantown, West Virginia, where they settled after immigrating from the Valle d’Aosta-Turino and Milano regions of Italy. The mountains reminded them of their birthplaces in northern Italy. Elo’s brothers included Bruno and Johnnie. Elo attended West Virginia University Demonstration High School and Montgomery High School in West Virginia and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. degree in Military Science.
Elo served as a flight instructor and a combat pilot in WWII with over 50 missions. Elo became a career military officer in the Air Force following the war, and later transitioned from flying to civil engineering.
Elo was married to Argatha Pell of Montgomery for 67 years until her death in 2012. Argatha was a graduate of Concord State Teacher’s College.
Elo is survived by his son, Michael, a graduate of M.I.T. with a Doctorate from Yale University, and a daughter, Nancy, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington.
During his military career, Elo had assignments in New York, Alaska, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, the Pentagon, the Philippines, Delaware, and Texas. His service also included tours of duty in Viet Nam and Korea.
Prior to retirement in 1982, he was stationed in Dallas as the USAF Regional Engineer for the central United States. Among his military honors and achievements, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Newman Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Society of American Military Engineers.
Elo will be remembered by his family as a loving father; a role model for excellence and integrity, heroism and humility; and a man who exhibited all that was noble. During his distinguished career, Elo mentored many young officers, who remained his cherished friends.
Colonel Elo Mussetto will be laid to rest after honorable service to his country and dedication to his family on January 6, 2017 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at 1 p.m., following the visitation.