Craig S. “Homer” VanAuken

Craig S. "Homer" VanAukenCraig S. “Homer” VanAuken, 65, of Phoenix,
NY, passed away on Monday August 12, 2013.
Born in Oswego, NY to his late parents,
Shirley W. (Davies) and Franklin VanAuken
on Nov. 14, 1947. Homer was a 1965 graduate
of the J. C. Birldlebough High School, Phoenix.

He was a switch man for Windstream, Fulton,
NY with 32 years of service. Homer was an avid
sportsman, hunting and fishing. He belonged to
the Copper Lake Club, and Brantingham Camp.
Golfing and bowling he also enjoyed, as well as a
social member at the Phoenix Memorial Post 5540
VFW, and the American Legion Post 418, Phoenix.

He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Elizabeth
Ann VanAuken in 1982.

Surviving are his loving wife of 19 years, Donna
(Gardner) VanAuken; his 4 step-children, Julie Griffin,
Scott & (Linda) Griffin, Travis & (Stephanie) Griffin,
and Richelle & (Donald) Hunt; his step-grandchildren,
Aidan, Casey, Kelly, Donja, Connor, Griffin, Ethan,
and Mattie; his brother, David A. & (Sunny) VanAuken;
two nieces, Tricia A. VanAuken, and Janine M. &
(Paul) Sabo; one grandnephew, Dylan Sabo; one
grandniece, Emily Sabo; the Davies, Jones, and
Handler cousins; and many close friends.

hours are on Wednesday August 14, from 2 to 4 &
6 to 8 p.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral
Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY. The funeral
service will be on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the
funeral home with the Rev. Terry Millbyer officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to Syracuse Home
Association or the American Heart Association in
his memory.

5 thoughts on “Craig S. “Homer” VanAuken

  1. Donna and Family,

    The news of Craig’s passing was truly sad for us. He was a friend and I will always remember his wonderful sense of humor. I saw him last this past year and am so glad we could chat. Please know he will be missed and our prayers go out to you all in this sad sad time. God bless you and peace be with you.

    Cliff Shear

  2. Donna,I am so sorry to hear of your husbands death. Please accept my condolences. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  3. Donna, Words cannot describe the shock, and loss I felt when Dave called me about Homer’s passing. I will miss the great conversations we have had at Copper Lake, on so many occasions. Back when Dave and I were getting ready to go to boot camp, Craig was a major pain in the butt to us. As the years went by I was happy to call him a friend and enjoyed his company. To you, Dave, Sunny and the rest of your family, my deepest condolences and God bless you all. Bruce

  4. Dear Donna, and family,

    I extend my sincere heartfelt sympathy.

    “Homer” will be missed immensely. His gentle
    smile and grin when ready to strike up a
    conversation just about anything.

    Memorable to his many years of work with the –“telephone company” (Midstate, Alltel,Windstream etc.) “Riethee” have you found me any insulators for my collection?

    My response “always looking for you”… I will keep looking….


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