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Anthony (Tony) F. Settember
July 10, 1926 - May 4, 2014



Tony passed away peacefully at home with family and friends by his side on Sunday May 4, 2014. Tony was born July10, 1926 in Manila, Philippines.

He led a full life, from helping to fight the Japanese as a teenager in the Philippines, to racing in Formula 1 in the early 1960's. He also raced at Le Mans, Spa, Nurburgring, Monza, Targa Florio... the list goes on. Upon returning from his racing in Europe, he raced in the Can Am series, USRRC, Trans Am, F5000 and many SCCA events. Before going to Europe he had his own auto repair business specializing in British cars and Mercedes Benz. He was part owner of VeySet Mercedes Benz in Ontario California in the early 1950's. He was also a member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association, the Mercedes Benz Club of America, and The Sports Car Club of America

During WWII in the Philippines, Tony helped fight the Japanese invasion as a teenager, before he was enlisted with the U.S. Army. He was captured by the Japanese, and was a POW for a short time. He managed to escape and continued fighting until the Liberation.

Tony also held a private pilot license and owned several planes during his lifetime. As well as enjoying flying, he also enjoyed attending the Reno Air Races. If you knew Tony, you know that if "race" was involved with any activity, he would either be a participant or an enthusiastic spectator.

Tony touched many people in his life... all of those who knew or met Tony would say that he was a true gentleman and a very sincere and giving person. There isn't enough space to list all that Tony accomplished and did in his lifetime.

He is survived by: Patti, his wife of 31 years, Son, Anthony (Linda) of Rancho Cucamonga CA. Step daughters, Susan Steneri, Yerington NV, Laurie Cordano (Duane), Sparks NV, Annette Steneri-Meehan (Greg) Reno, NV. Grandchildren Michael (Taunee) (great- granddaughter Elise) of Rancho Cucamonga CA , David (Nickie), of Ontario, CA, Lauren Thomas (Scott Vandover), Sparks NV, Aubrey Meehan, Reno NV and Sgt. Colby Ann Thomas, USMC Mali, Africa, and special friends Carolyn and Alan Prentiss of Carson City NV.

Tony has taken his last checkered flag. He will be missed by all... rest in peace Tony, in your final victory circle.

Special thanks to St. Mary's Hospice care staff and all of our friends and family that helped us through this difficult time.

Services will be June 6th at 10:30 AM, at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley NV. There will be a celebration of life at 1:00 PM at his daughter's (Annette) home, 604 Sugar Tree Court, Reno NV. Please no black attire.
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