Anthony Joseph ‘Tony’ Karpaitis, 88, Navy veteran who served two combat tours during the Vietnam War

Anthony Joseph 'Tony' Karpaitis
Anthony Joseph ‘Tony’ Karpaitis

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Anthony Joseph “Tony” Karpaitis, 88, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, surrounded by those he loved most, his loving wife of 64 years, Bobbie; daughters, Lisa and Michelle; and faithful dog, Cake.

Born Aug. 22, 1931, in Williamstown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Anthony Karpaitis and Anna Degutis Karpaitis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Michael J. Karpaitis.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Barbara “Bobbie” Kneezel Karpaitis; and daughters, Lisa McDonnell (Charles) and Michelle Karpaitis.

Tony’s life was full of many accomplishments, he was particularly proud of his distinguished 31-year Naval career. Capt. A.J. Karpaitis was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1955. He attended Naval Line School in Monterey, California; and Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He made two combat tours in Vietnam and flew 101 missions, made an around-the-world cruise on the USS Intrepid CVS-II from June 1968 to February 1969, was the XO and CO of VA-66, and Air Boss on the USS John F. Kennedy CVA-67. He finished out his Naval career assigned to the Comnavairlant Staff. After retirement, his work continued for 27 years at Hall Automotive as the warranty administrator.

He continued to impact his community and those around him as president of the Lions Club, founder of an organization called Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, usher at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and volunteer at the Military Aviation Museum. He was a self-made mechanic, landscaper, all around handy man and animal whisperer.

Above all, he was a dedicated family man. His commitment and love for his family was steadfast. He was strong, resilient, genuine, pure, thoughtful and full of so much love. Anyone with the pleasure of knowing him felt his kind and compassionate soul, whether you called him Mr. Tony or Papa, he always had a smile and a hug for you. The best hug and shoulder to lean on. Papa, your tenacious, impactful spirit will be cherished forever. All our love, always.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Westminster Canterbury Chapel. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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