Valentine Arko passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2013, at the Veteran’s Nursing Home in Salt Lake. Valentine was born in Tooele on March 5, 1920, to John Arko and Mary Plute Arko. He is survived by one brother, John Arko of Olympia, Wash., and several nieces. Valentine served in the European Theater with the US Army during World War II. He was with the first wave of soldiers at Utah Beach on D-Day. He rarely spoke of the invasion except to say that he hoped no one else would ever again have to see the carnage of that day. After the war he worked at the Tooele Army Depot until his retirement. He was a lifelong resident of Tooele living in the house where he was born on Vine Street. His family is most grateful to his caregivers for the tender and loving care they provided. We will miss his quick wit and kindness. He was a good man who served his country well as a soldier and civilian employee for the Army. A viewing will be held at the Tate Mortuary from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 24 with graveside services at the Tooele City Cemetery at 3p.m. .