AMerican Veteran 11

John Edward Alcorn

August 10, 1932 ~ January 2, 2022 (age 89)


John Edward Alcorn, 89, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 2, 2022, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Born August 10, 1932 in Syracuse, NY, he was the son of the late Eugene M. Alcorn and Ethel Roberts Alcorn.  He was married to his wife of nearly 58 years, Catherine Rosone Alcorn who passed in 2019. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by brother Eugene M. Alcorn, III.

John is survived by siblings Virginia Carpenter of Lyndonville, NY and Hugh R. Alcorn of Fairfield, OH; daughter Lori Alcorn Fink and husband Jim of Myrtle Beach, SC; son John E. Alcorn, Jr. and wife Cecilia of Westminster, MD. He also leaves behind five grandchildren (James, Jessica, Jennifer, Kiley and John, III) and five great-grandchildren (Chandler, Riley, Jacob, Peyton and Kailee).

He graduated from Albion H.S. in Albion, NY in 1950, before enlisting in the Air Force. John served four years including a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War.  Post-service, John married Catherine in 1961, living primarily in Liverpool, NY; then Westminster, MD; New Oxford, PA; and lastly Myrtle Beach, SC.

John worked as a civilian employee for the Air Force at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY; Hancock Air Force Base in Syracuse, NY; followed by a career with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, MD as a Technical Controller, and retired in 1988.

He had been a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Liverpool and in Westminster, the Emory United Methodist Church of New Oxford, and often viewed services from the Lyndonville United Methodist Church remotely from South Carolina.

John was a passionate bowler, horse-racing enthusiast, as well as a talented woodworker.  He was also extremely involved in following the academics, athletics, and numerous other activities of his children and grandchildren.

A private memorial and burial service will be held at a later date in Western New York.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in his honor to a charity of your choice or to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, Lyndonville, New York.

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