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James Hionas, World War II Veteran, Was 94

WARREN, OH – James “Jimmy” M. Hionas, 94, passed away peacefully at his home on April 30, according to MyValleyTributes.com.

Hionas lived a very active and social life. He enjoyed walking his dog (Bentley), traveling with his family, watching sports and spending time with his grandchildren.

Hionas was born March 23, 1926, in Warren, OH, the son of the late Michael and Helen Hionas.

In June 1944, Hionas enlisted in the United States Army and served with honor as a rifleman during World War II in the Rhineland Campaign. During this time, he received two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1946, Hionas returned home and began his career.

He retired in 1985 from Van Huffel Tube, a large steel tube manufacturer with plants in Warren and Youngstown, OH, and Oil City, PA. Hionas then went on to work with his sons at National Auto & Marine, and enjoyed working with them for several years. 

Hionas was a member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and longtime member of the AHEPA Zeus #88.

His wife, the former Katie Axiotis, whom he married October 6, 1957, passed away October 1, 1994.

Hionas is survived by his three children, Mike (Julie) Hionas of Howland, Bill (Kerry) Hionas of Miami Beach, and Helen (David) Leventis of Howland and four grandchildren, Jimmy and Katie Hionas, and Kara and Nathan Leventis.

Besides his parents and wife, Hionas was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Hionas, and sister, Stella Sialadakis.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the service and burial will be private for immediate family with Father Costa Valantasis officiating.

As noted in the obituary, the Hionas family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to his wonderful doctors, nurses, and caregivers at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in both Youngstown and Cleveland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Hionas’ name to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, New Church Building Fund, 429 High Street, Warren, OH 44481 or the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.

Arrangements were handled by Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel. Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to sign the guest book and send condolences to the Hionas family.

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