Michael E. "Mike" Badolato Sr., a retired insurance company bond manager and World War II veteran, died Thursday from complications of strokes at Palmettos of Garden City in Murrells Inlet, S.C. The former Lutherville resident was 92.
Michael Edward Badolato was the son of Michael Badolato and Grace Badolato, both Italian immigrants. He was born in Baltimore and raised on Mosher Street.
He attended City College, but dropped out at 18 to join the Army Air Forces. He served aboard Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers as a ball turret gunner with the 33rd Bomb Squadron, 22nd Bomb Group in the Pacific Theater. He participated in campaigns for the Bismarck Archipelago, northeast of New Guinea, and in China, Luzon, and the western Pacific.
Mr. Badolato's decorations included the Air Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one battle star, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.
Discharged at war's end, he returned to Baltimore, obtained his General Educational Development diploma and worked as a bookkeeper.
In 1949 he and Betty Lee Anderson were married.
He worked for several insurance companies and eventually rose to bond manager with CNA Insurance in Silver Spring. He retired in the 1990s.
Mr. Badolato had been active with Boy Scout Troop 497 in the Texas community of Baltimore County, as well as with Explorer Post 998 in Timonium. He was also a member of Kiwanis clubs in Timonium and Towson.
He and his wife enjoyed playing golf, traveling and dining out. He was also an avid reader.
After he retired, the couple moved to Conway, S.C., to be closer to family.
He was a longtime communicant of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Catholic Church, 20 E. Ridgely Road, Timonium, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.
In addition to his wife of 69 years, he is survived by two sons, Michael E. Badolato of Belgrade, Mont., and Daniel Badolato of Conway, S.C.; two sisters, Carmela Gibson of Carolina Shores, N.C., and Grace Kilchenstein of Naples, Fla.; two grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.
--Frederick N. Rasmussen