John Glenn June
1920 - 2007
HORNELL -- John G. June, 86, of 270 Walnut Street, passed away Sunday (Jan 7, 2007)
at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bath, where he had been a patient
Born in Hornell, May 16, 1920, the son of Glenn and Benedicte Rafford June, he had resided in Hornell all his life. He was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1939, and attended Cornell University before joining his parents in the family ice cream business, June's Creamery, on Main Street in Hornell. In 1942, he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and was trained as an aircraft engine mechanic. He was assigned as crew chief for a C-46 Curtiss Commando and was stationed on the island of Oahu. He participated in the island-hopping campaign of the Pacific Archipelago. He attained the rank of Master Sergeant before returning to Hornell in 1946, when he became the third generation family member to participate in the operation of the family business. The processing plant was sold in 1970, at which time John continued to wholesale June's Ice Cream until the time of his death.
John enjoyed anything automotive...not just the mechanical end of things, but also
the driving. His favorite pastime was to drive the backcountry roads in Steuben
County and admire the beautiful scenery. He was also a race car fan, and in his
younger years, would attend the races in Daytona and Watkins Glen, as well as the
local stock car races and motorcycle climbs.
John was well known for his practical jokes, ability to play pool, driving 30 miles to get a deal on gasoline and enjoying breakfast with his good friends, especially when they paid for it. He was a member of the Hornell Elks Lodge, the American Legion Post and the Hornell Moose Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol (Campbell) June of Hornell; two
daughters, Kathryn (Erv) Mutton of Georgia and Patricia (Charles) Libordi of
Hornell; three sons, Richard (Kathy) June of California, Philip June of
Arizona and David (Lisa) June of California; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great
Mr. June's wishes were to have no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Administration Chapel in Bath. Burial will follow in Bath National Cemetery.
Friends wishing to send a remembrance may visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Robertson Funeral Home at their new location, 354 Canisteo St., Hornell.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Hornell Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 533, Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830.