But Palangi gained most notoriety regionally through his community service, investing 41 years into charitable works through Glens Falls Kiwanis.
In the mid-1980s, Palangi served as Governor of New York State District Kiwanis, and for years later on the Kiwanis International Foundation Board.
Dan Stec of Queensbury recalled how Palangi's ever-present goodwill and cheer was contagious.
"Tony would light up a room when he entered it," Stec said. "Then everyone would gravitate around him - he was the face of Kiwanis in the region, and he was so well-known in the area for all his good works."
Among those charitable works were his actions of organizing fundraising events for charity and 31 years of effort through Kiwanis to promote youth programs.
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe said Palangi's life was dedicated to others.
"Anthony Palangi defended our nation with honor," he said.
Anthony Palangi died Oct. 6, 2007, and was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery. His two wives, Madonna Carnahan and Virginia Brenno, predeceased him. Altogether, the Palangis had seven children.
After the ceremony, Anthony Palangi's son Joe said he was proud of his father's attitude and accomplishments.
"He's part of the generation that built the nation we have today," Joe said.
"My father was very patriotic, and he always enjoyed honoring veterans," he added. "He must be 'up there' smiling right now."