Lon Midkiff, Jr.
Lon Midkiff, Jr., 81 of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday evening (October 22, 2011) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Batavia.
He was born in Salt Rock, West Virginia on April 26, 1930, the son of the late Lon and Blanche Walker Midkiff.
Lon served with the U.S. Army and retired after a career of 22 ½ years of dedicated service. He was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was truly proud of his military service to his country. In his spare time he enjoyed walleye fishing on Lake Erie, landscaping around his yard and was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Most of all, he adored his loving family and held a high integrity towards life, always speaking the truth about matters.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nicola Copani Midkiff of Batavia. Two sons, Michael Midkiff (Susan Connell) of Whitesboro, NY and Mark (Valerie) Midkiff of Anderson, SC. Four grandchildren, Mitchell, Connor, Gianna and Aiden Midkiff. A brother, Sherrill (Cora) Midkiff of Huntington, WV. Two sisters, Janice Burns of Huntington, WV and Julie Carr of Lexington, VA. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. Prayers will be Thursday at 8:45 AM at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM at Ascension Parish (St. Anthony Site).
Entombment will be in the Fr. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery with full military honors.
Those desiring may make memorials to the Veterans Administration Medical Center of Batavia.
Expressions of condolence may be made at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Ronald P. Konieczny II, Director & Proprietor.