PENN YAN - John (Jack) Albertson, 81, of Penn Yan, New York passed away peacefully on February 2, 2013.
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A private committal service will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to any agency which benefits wounded or disabled veterans.
He was born in Geneva, N.Y. in 1931 to Paul E. Albertson and Anna Mildred (Strine) Albertson. He attended Geneva High School; Class of 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952. He fought in the Korean War, August 1950 through December 1950. During his service he was awarded a Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation with two Bronze, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge and a Pistol Marksman Badge. He retired as a Sgt. in 1952.
He and his wife lived in Dresden, N.Y. where he worked at NYSEG Greenidge Station, owned the Lanpost Luncheonette on Main St., Penn Yan, co-owned Vintage Real Estate in Penn Yan, he retired as the Real Property Tax Director for Yates County.
He was an Eagle Scout, Boy Scout Master (Troop 82, Dresden), member of the Finger Lakes Ganeodiyo Lodge (Order of the Arrow), life member and commander of the American Legion (Post 1571, Dresden, 1963 to 1965). Jack was an Honor Guard for every Memorial Day Service in Dresden since 1955; except one. He was also a life member of the DAV, VFW and Seneca Lake Duck Hunter's Club. He was a member of the Lion's Club. He was "King Lion" 1980 to 1981 and received the "Lion of the Year" Award that same year. He was a member of the Moose Club, President of ARC 1992, and belonged to the Fraternity of Honor of the Chosen Few.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Millie (Umiker) Albertson; sister, Donna (Ed) Creed of North Carolina; and dear mother-in-law, Freda Umiker of Geneva; daughters, Ellen (Mike) Szrama of Orchard Park, Cathy Green of Myr tle Beach, South Carolina; Laurie (John) Prinzivalli of Branchport, Judi (Steve) Gibbs of Elmira Heights; and son, Scott of Rich mond, Va. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank everyone at the Canandaigua VA Hospital for the excellent care and love given to him this past year. We also wish that you who knew Jack, to remember him as you were touched by him.
Published in Finger Lakes Times from Feb. 8 to Feb. 12, 2013