James Edward VanAuken, 81, formally of Endicott, died at Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, Long Island Saturday March 12, 2016. He is predeceased by his parents Hal and Regina Van Auken; two sisters Marion Stone and Alice Ellis; four brothers Robert, Donald, Wayne and Harold. He is survived by three sisters and brothers-in-law Winifred (Gerald) Agan, Elmira, Marcella (Daniel) View, Binghamton, Rita (Cosimo) DelSanto, Endicott; one sister-in-law Marianne VanAuken, Endicott; many nieces and nephews; special friend Joan Klein, Sayville, NY. He retired from Federal Aviation Administration in 1979 after 27 years of service as an air traffic controller at Idlewild/JFK (Kennedy) International Airport and Long Island MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a graduate of Union-Endicott High School and received a B.S. degree from Dowling College.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday 1pm from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott, with the Reverend Father John Kurgan, Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Saturday from 12 pm until service time at 1 pm.