R. H. “Hank” Sciaroni
Birth Date: September 18, 1923Death Date: September 30, 2018
R. H. “Hank” Sciaroni
September 18, 1923 – September 30, 2018
Hank was born on September 18, 1923 in Stockton, California to Cesarina Reichmuth Sciaroni and Robert K. Sciaroni. He passed away on September 30, 2018 at his home in San Carlos, California.
Hank was raised in Stockton where he attended elementary school, high school and junior college. He spoke fluent English, Italian and the Ticinese dialect of Canton Ticino, Switzerland where his mother was born and raised.
Hank enlisted during World War II and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps . He became a navigator on a B-24 bomber and was stationed at Stornara Airfield in Italy. During an October 1944 mission to Germany, his B-24 was shot and crash landed on the Italian coast behind enemy lines. All crew members survived the landing, but six of the ten crew were captured and taken as prisoners of war. Hank and his three remaining crewmates evaded capture and were hidden and fed by Italian fishermen. After ten days, one of the fishermen rowed Hank and his three crewmates down the Italian coast on a stormy night to the safety of Allied territory. Hank never forgot the kindness and courage shown to him by these Italian partisans. Hank received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.
After the war, Hank attended UC Davis where he obtained a degree in agriculture. While at UC Davis, Hank met his wife Dorris — “the best thing that ever happened” to him.
Hank worked for many decades on the California coastside as a farm advisor and county director for the University of California Cooperative Extension, then later as a consultant for Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay. He also worked with 4-H, served on numerous agricultural and land-use committees and boards, and wrote many agricultural publications.
Hank loved his work and all of the growers, farmers, ranchers, families and colleagues he worked with — all dear friends. He also loved his many wonderful friends from all walks of life, his neighbors and caregivers. Thank you all for being part of Hank’s life.
Hank is survived by his wife Dorris, son Scott, daughter Linnea, son-in-law Alan, and granddaughters Kelly, Victoria and Sophie.
Hank was interred at Skylawn Memorial Park on October 8, 2018 with his wife, children, granddaughters and caregiver present. In the coming weeks and months, Dorris would enjoy seeing friends and relatives for a quiet visit at her home. Please call the family home, Scott or Linnea if you would like to arrange a visit