John R. Compton

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Compton, John R.

John Robinson ("Jack") Compton, 91, of Bainbridge, passed away on August 18, 2014, at the New York State Veterans' Home at Oxford. He was born on February 24, 1923 in Elmira, NY, son of William Randall and Ada Viele Compton. He was later adopted at age two by Fred and Jenny Robinson who were very good parents to him. His first real job was as a messenger for Western Union. He always said that he learned a lot about people in this position. Then he worked as an assembler in a Remington Rand typewriter factory. Next he took a job as an apprentice machinist at the U.S. Naval gun factory in Washington, D.C. in December, 1941. It was in Washington that he met his wife of 67 years, Jean Elinor York of Unadilla, NY. She was employed by the British Air Commission. They were married after he went into the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot during World War II. She followed him around different duty stations until he went overseas. During his military service as a pilot in the Air Transport Command, he flew many types of aircraft to and from countries on several continents, including British Guyana, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Iran, India, Pakistan, Italy, France, England, and the United States. After the war, he completed his college education and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in accounting. He worked briefly as an industrial engineer and then moved his family to North Carolina where he was a Division Controller for Riegel Paper Corporation. Later he was promoted to Corporate Controller of Riegel Paper Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where he worked at corporate offices in New York City. Subsequently he left Riegel Paper and moved to Bainbridge, NY. He became President of York Modern Corporation in Unadilla, NY, a manufacturer of landscaping and road maintenance equipment. He held this position for 35 years until his retirement. He enjoyed flying his own airplanes for most of his life, as well as deep sea fishing and playing golf. He was especially proud of the fact that all seven of his grandchildren graduated from college. He is survived by his son John York Compton and daughter-in-law Susan, of Oneonta, NY, and their children Bryan Compton and his wife Preetal, and Dr. Jennifer Catella and her husband Nick; his daughter Jan Elizabeth Ganey and son-in-law Harriss, of Orlando, FL, and their children Dr. Neil Ganey and his wife Katie, and John Ganey; and his daughter Julie Ann Cook and son-in-law Bill, of Franklin, NY, and her children Steve Lindstrom and his wife Tisha, Michael Lindstrom and his wife Tracy, and Katie Cochran and her husband Tom; great grand children Grace and Adam Catella, Cora and James Ganey, Elizabeth and Ethan Lindstrom, and Salem and Rya Lindstrom; and a brother Dr.William R. ("Bill") Compton, of Park City , UT. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean York Compton. At his request there will be a private family service at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel in Sidney, NY. Jack's family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at the New York State Veterans' Home at Oxford for their exceptional care. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army.

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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Aug. 20, 2014
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