January 18, 1925/May 11, 2018
Theodore (“Cowboy Ted”) Pastorino passed away peacefully at his home May 11, 2018 at the age of 93. Ted was born into a family of cattle ranchers outside of Eureka, Nevada. He had two older brothers Andy Jr. and Henry “Bus” Pastorino. His parents, Lena and Andy Pastorino operated The Hay Ranch until 1939 when they purchased property and moved their ranching business to Yerington. Ted was in high school at the time where he fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Zelph Menisini. They were married shortly after graduating.
Ted proudly served in the Merchant Marines in world war II and saw a great deal of action as ships carrying supplies were prime targets for enemy submarines. After the war, Ted and Zelpha settled in Reno, Nevada where he had a forty-year career driving for the PMT Trucking Company – with a perfect driving record – and remained there until he retired.
Ted was a past-president of the Reno Lodge of the Sons of Italy, and also a supporter of Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents Lena and Andy,his wife Zelpha, his brothers Henry and Andy Jr.
The remaining family and close friends who will miss him dearly are: Monica House, friend and caregiver; Alvin Raffetto Jr. and Roy Quilici, life-long friends; nieces Marjie Pastorino, Jeannie Pastorino and Judy Pastorino; and cousin David Pastorino of Eureka, NV.
Ted has chosen cremation and his ashes to be scattered to the winds. God bless and keep him always.