OBITUARY

Antonio P. Ventura

August 31, 1924December 19, 2020

Antonio Ventura August 31, 1924 – December 19, 2020 Resident of Santa Clara, California

Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Ventura, 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 19th, 2020. Antonio was a distinguished veteran noted as the first American of Filipino ancestry to command an entire battalion. During early years of active duty, he was a liaison to the Persian government and taught himself to speak and write in Farsi. His last assignment was at Santa Clara University where he educated ROTC cadets. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service.

Lieutenant Colonel Ventura was born on August 31, 1924 in the Philippines to his parents Aquilano & Mariquita Ventura and moved with the family to Hawai’i in 1928. He followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the army after graduating from the University of Hawaii with a finance degree. He was stationed at military bases around the world and was proud to serve his country. While stationed in Japan, he met and fell in love with Jane Togashi who was there visiting her military brothers. Antonio and Jane married in Japan on February 14, 1953. They later discovered both were from Wahiawa, Hawai’i where they purchased their first home together and which they never parted with.

Before retiring from the military, Antonio received his MBA at Santa Clara University and shortly thereafter started the next chapter in his professional life as a civilian. Because he knew he would be reassigned in the military, he prioritized providing family home and life mentorship to his two sons, Robert and Edward. He had a passion for tennis, played in tournaments and even coached SCU’s tennis team. When Robert and Edward took up racquetball, he became an avid player and entered tournaments with his sons well into his late 60’s.

Lieutenant Colonel Ventura was an outstanding officer, successful businessperson, inspiring father, loving grandfather, loyal friend, and a generous soul. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and his two sons Robert and Edward who will carry on his legacy. He also leaves behind his brothers, Charles and David, and sister, Donna. He had five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service held at Queens of Apostles on February 20, 2021. The Ventura family welcomes any and all stories, photos, and memories that Antonio’s friends and colleagues would like to offer. Antonio’s final resting place will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

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Antonio Ventura
August 31, 1924 – December 19, 2020
Resident of Santa Clara, California



Lieutenant Colonel Antonio Ventura, 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 19th, 2020. Antonio was a distinguished veteran noted as the first American of Filipino ancestry to command an entire battalion. During early years of active duty, he was a liaison to the Persian government and taught himself to speak and write in Farsi. His last assignment was at Santa Clara University where he educated ROTC cadets. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service.

Lieutenant Colonel Ventura was born on August 31, 1924 in the Philippines to his parents Aquilano & Mariquita Ventura and moved with the family to Hawai’i in 1928. He followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the army after graduating from the University of Hawaii with a finance degree. He was stationed at military bases around the world and was proud to serve his country. While stationed in Japan, he met and fell in love with Jane Togashi who was there visiting her military brothers. Antonio and Jane married in Japan on February 14, 1953. They later discovered both were from Wahiawa, Hawai’i where they purchased their first home together and which they never parted with.

Before retiring from the military, Antonio received his MBA at Santa Clara University and shortly thereafter started the next chapter in his professional life as a civilian. Because he knew he would be reassigned in the military, he prioritized providing family home and life mentorship to his two sons, Robert and Edward. He had a passion for tennis, played in tournaments and even coached SCU’s tennis team. When Robert and Edward took up racquetball, he became an avid player and entered tournaments with his sons well into his late 60’s.

Lieutenant Colonel Ventura was an outstanding officer, successful businessperson, inspiring father, loving grandfather, loyal friend, and a generous soul. He is survived by his wife, Jane, and his two sons Robert and Edward who will carry on his legacy. He also leaves behind his brothers, Charles and David, and sister, Donna. He had five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service held at Queens of Apostles on February 20, 2021. The Ventura family welcomes any and all stories, photos, and memories that Antonio’s friends and colleagues would like to offer. Antonio’s final resting place will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawai’i.