AUBURN --- James Minker, 54, of 26 Maple St. died unexpected Monday at
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Langham Funeral Home,
75 E Genesee St. Burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery.
Calling hours will be 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home. Contributions mat be made the the Church of the
Nazarene Memorial Fund.
Born in Liberty, he resided in Auburn 20 years. He was a
paratrooper during World War II and a prisoner of war for one year in
Germany. He retired as an employee of the A&P store and was a
member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are his wife, the former Esther Scott; five daughters,
Mrs. Stephanie Defelice, Mrs. Vivian Harris, Deborah and Karen, all of
Auburn, and Mrs. Linda Hilcon of Pennellville; and sons Steven James and
John Bradley of Auburn; three sisters Mrs. Marla Cahill of Cleveland,
Ohio, Mrs. Laura DeMar of Watertown, Miss Jean Cuyatt of Clay; nine
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
[courtesy of Doug Nightingale, Jr ]
markers for James Minker in .Memorial Park N, Lot 163, Fort Hill
Cemetery, Auburn (Cayuga county), New York.
James gained a great deal of local
notoriety when it was revealed that he had once deserted his post while
enlisted under his true name only to re-enlist under an alias.
That fact was not mentioned in his obituary but there was lots of
coverage about it in the post-war years.
His alias was James H. Rowley and he
served as such in Hq 3rd, 508th PIR.