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“I met Tony well over 30 years ago when he was officiating a wrestling mat at Belvidere. Through the years Tony officiated many of our matches. He was...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Gary Thacker - Belvidere, IL

“I met Tony during my first year of teaching. (Rock Falls High School) He encouraged me to become a wrestling official. I have been officiating for 44...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Don Mekeel - Sterling, IL

“Liccoci family!! So sorry for your loss!! He will be missed. I'm glad he was part of our family for many years!! Him and dad and mom are together...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Janica Jenkins - Morrison, IL

“The coach that made the biggest impression on me in high school. God's speed Coach Licocci, I will always remember the things you taught me... RIP... ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Mark Thome - Henderson, NV

“Tony was a very important part of the RFHS staff/community. After he retired he always kept himself busy. As a neighbor, I would find him,...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Edward Mulvaney - Rock Falls, IL

“MAY GOD BLESS ALL YOUR FAMILY . A VERY CARING TEACHER AND FRIEND TO ALL . SO GLAD TO BEEN A STUDENT OF HIS,f ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Edward Bontty - san diego, CA


Tony A. Licocci, 90 of Rock Falls died Wednesday July 24, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

He was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1928 in Rock Falls, the son of Sam and Mary (Cedro) Licocci. He attended St Mary Grade School in Sterling; was a graduate from Community Catholic High School and earned his degree from Illinois State University. He married Betty L. Wilder, whom he had met at ISU, on June 16, 1951 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bloomington, IL.

Tony had been a teacher for 38 years retiring from Rock Falls Township High School in 1989. During his career as a teacher he also coached and for many years was an IHSA wrestling official. He had been inducted into the Illinois State University Hall of Fame for his football skills and earned the title of Most Valuable Player in 1951. He also had been an inductee in the Community Catholic High School (Newman) Hall of Fame in Sterling. Tony was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children: Sam (Mary) Licocci of AZ, Teresa Licocci of Rock Falls, Tom (Sue) Licocci of Rock Falls and Sue (Jeff) Henson of AZ; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; his brother Sam (Marguerite) Licocci of Mundelein, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Leatice Fritz.

A celebration of his life will take place on Tuesday July 30, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Nicks Tavern, 1300 Prophetstown Road in Rock Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Rock River Hospice and Home in his memory would be appreciated.