Lupe Escalante was 88 years old. A World War II veteran who fought in the Apennine Mountains of Italy, he was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
He was a former commander of American Legion Post 330, Calumet City, Ill.; a lifetime member of the American Legion; and active in the Legion for many years.
He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ehinger Brothers Post 8141, and the Knights of Columbus 3806.
He is survived by Beatrice, his wife of 66 years; sons, Edward, Richard and Rudy; and daughter Alice. Lupe had 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.