Anthony F Raimondo
Anthony F Raimondo
July 24, 1939 – November 9, 2022
Anthony F. Raimondo, 83, of Columbus, Nebraska, and Lakewood Ranch, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus with the Reverend Michael Swanton officiating. Visiting hours are Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church. Visits will continue on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery and lunch will follow at the Saint-Bonaventure Parish Center.
The funeral mass will be broadcast live on the News Channel Nebraska-Columbus Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NewsChannelNebraskaColumbus.com
Anthony F. Raimondo “TR” was born on July 24, 1939, in Buffalo, New York, as the only child of Carmela (Turchiarelli) and Felix “Phil” Raimondo. TR graduated from South Park High School in 1957, where he met the love of his life, Jeanne English. TR and Jeanne dated until their marriage on August 27, 1960.
TR attended Michigan Technology University, where he received his BSME in 1962, while Jeanne worked as an AT&T switchboard operator. After graduating from college, TR took a job with General Motors and moved back to Buffalo, New York. In 1969, TR left GM and started at Moog, an aerospace company. TR received his MBA from the University of Rochester in 1972.
In 1976, the Raimondo family moved to Omaha, Nebraska when TR accepted a job with Sperry Corporation as General Manager of Vickers. They eventually found their way to Behlen Mfg. Co. in Columbus, Nebraska, in 1982 when TR started as general manager of Wickes Corporation. In 1984, TR led a management buyout with Richard Casey, Stephen McGill and Bob Theilen, as Behlen suffered significant losses due to market changes and Wickes exited Chapter 11. TR then led a successful turnaround of the company. Behlen currently has six manufacturing facilities across the United States and more than 1,080 Partners in Progress (employees). Today, the Raimondo family owns Behlen Mfg. Co. and is committed to growing the business and supporting the Columbus community.
TR and Jeanne had four wonderful children: Philip, Tony Jr., Linda and Diana. TR and his family are proponents of lifelong learning as all four children, and TR hold master’s degrees and Jeanne even graduated with a bachelor’s degree at age 60! TR had uncompromising core values, extraordinary leadership skills, a strong spiritual foundation, and enjoyed traveling the world for business and pleasure. Family, faith and love were of utmost importance to TR and Jeanne.
TR was beloved husband of the late Jeanne for nearly 59 years; devoted father of the late Philip M. Raimondo (Mary), Anthony F. Raimondo Jr. (Sharon) and Linda C. Bock (Tom) all of Columbus and Diana J. Raimondo of Chicago, Illinois; beloved grandfather of Rachel Hays (Brandon), Matthew Raimondo (Kayla), Nicholas Raimondo (Katy), Patrick Raimondo (Kayla), Natalie Raimondo, Kellen Raimondo, Leo Raimondo, Cody Myers (Robyn), Paxton Myers, Tanner Bock (Lily), Tayler Bock (Amanda), Nahom “Enzo” Montalto, as well as the late Luca and the late Santino Luca Montalto. TR was the proud great-grandfather of Henry, Emma, Colin, Emersyn, Madeline, Sophia, Lennon, Lyla, Tucker and Turner.
TR joins his wife, Marion “Jeanne” English; his mother, Carmela Turchiarelli; his father, Felix “Phil” Raimondo, as well as his eldest son, Philip Raimondo, in paradise.
During TR’s tenure at Behlen Mfg. Co., who retired as Chairman Emeritus in 2019, TR has held positions on government, national, state and community boards, earning several distinguished awards. Not forgetting to compete on the national circuit in his favorite sport, handball – winning his last doubles tournament at the age of 81 with his handball partner, Lyle Burbach.
Among TR’s many accomplishments and awards, notable awards include Inc. magazine’s national winner, Turnaround Entrepreneur of the Year (1994), Nebraska Business Hall of Fame (1999), Nebraska Workforce Development, Distinguished Leadership Award (2001), Top 100 Training Awards – Behlen Ranked #74 in Training Magazine (2002), Aksarben Court of Honor – Business and Industry (2003), Grand Marshal Aksarben River City Roundup (2009), Hall of Fame – Harvard Cup Football, City of Buffalo (2011), Columbus Area Business Hall of Fame (2012).
Among the many positions on the TR Board of Directors are: Chairman – Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition, NAMC (2006-2022), Steering Committee – Blueprint Nebraska (2018-2020), Director NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) ( 1998-2018 | Chairman Small Medium Manufacturers (2003), Trustee of the Manufacturing Institute (2006-2019), Trustee of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce (past chairman) (1990-2019), Trustee of the Federal Reserve Board, Branch of Omaha, District of Kansas City (Past Chairman) (1997 – 2004), Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) Policy Board (1996-2015), Director MBMA – Metal Building Manufacturers Association, President (1996) – UNMC Council of Advisors Member (2006-2012), Teammates State Advisory Council (1996-2003)
TR has held several political appointments, including a 2008 run for the U.S. Senate. In 2004, under President Bush, TR was chosen as the first-ever Manufacturing Czar – Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services (but s is withdrawn due to presidential policy). Governor appointments included: NE Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Advisory (1996-2006), Department of Labor Worker Training Board (1996-2006), Chairman of the Nebraska Economic Development Commission (1994-2003), Director, Nebraska Industrial Competitive Alliance (1996-2003)
Besides handball, TR enjoyed golfing with friends, business partners and Jeanne, watching Yankees baseball, traveling and having a glass of wine by the pool watching the sun go down in Florida with friends.
TR’s favorite quote was: “People don’t care what you know until they know you care!” He made each of us better and for that we are grateful to him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to one of the following:
Columbus High School STEM Academy
C/O CPS Foundation PO Box 947, Columbus, NE 68602
NAMC (Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition)
Behlen Mfg. Co. (C/O Juli Thelen)
4025 East 23rd Street, Columbus, NE 68601