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James Irving Zipfel

By Joshua Smith

Batavia - James Irving Zipfel, 82, of Batavia, died Friday, July 9, 2010at his home in Batavia.

Mr. Zipfel was born September 29, 1927 in Batavia, the son of the late Irving and Marion (Gubb) Zipfel.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elba since July 1, 1945, a lifetime member, charter member, and past chief of the Town of Batavia Fire Department, where he was a member of the Exempt Firemen's Club. He was a dairy farmer on Batavia-Elba Townline Road until 1974 and retired from Curtis Burns in 1996 after working for over 20 years. He was a member of the Dairymen's League Co-op and Pro-Fac Co-op.

His first wife, Dorothy Bower Zipfel, died April 29, 1982. 

He is survived by his wife, Delena Sue (Carter) Zipfel whom he married November 11, 1983; 2 sons, Robert (Linda) Zipfel of Elba and William (Joyce) Zipfel of Oakfield; 3 daughters, Carol (William) Green of Oakfield, Ellen (Mark) Edwards of Frisco, TX and Patricia (Barry) Aradine of Bergen; 2 stepdaughters, Kathy Yungfleisch and Rosie (Alan) Yungfleisch, both of Elba; 2 stepsons, David (Barb) Dietrich of Batavia and Daniel (Mary) Dietrich of Williamsville; a sister, June (John) Dresser of Medina; 16 grand-children, Craig Waterman of GA, Timothy (Christine) Zipfel of Pavilion, Amy (Mark) Herman of Warsaw, Sarah (Chris) Norton of Elba, Courtney Zipfel and Carissa Zipfel, both of Batavia, Caitlin Zipfel of Oakfield, Christine Edwards of Frisco, TX, Brandon Aradine and Justin Aradine, both of Bergen, Kristen Yungfleisch and Adam Yungfleisch, both of Elba, Joseph Dietrich and Petra Dietrich, both of Batavia, Thomas Bieler of Lancaster and Ann Marie (Ted) Bodenstiener of NE; 13 great-grandchildren, Maylee and Timothy Zipfel, Alyssa, Brittney, Leigha, Craig and Destiny Waterman, Emma and Taylor Herman, Adison, Grace and Fletcher Norton, Collin and Leo Bodenstiener. 

Friends may call on Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. The Town of Batavia Fire Department will pay respects at 6 p.m. Monday.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at First Presbyterian Church of Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 N. Main St., Elba, NY 14058 or to Elba Fire Dept., P.O. Box 183, Elba, NY 14058. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.  Condolences may be made at    


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