COOPERSTOWN - James Raumold Laden Jr. of Cooperstown, died on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown.
He was born on May 10, 1939, in Norwich, the son of James Raumold Laden Sr. and Anna Gaines Hagerty.
He married Mary Lourdes Muller of Norwich, on May 20, 1960, at Griffiths Air Force Base Chapel in Rome.
In 1956, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a Munitions Specialist. In 1959, he graduated from the United States Navel Propellant Plant in Indianhead, Maryland, and served in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), achieving his Master Technician status which included a two-year tour of duty on Guam during the Vietnam War. He continued his 20-year career in the Air Force as a medic. He retired in 1976 with an honorable discharge from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.
After retiring from the Air Force, Jim spent months with his wife and four children traveling in their motor home across the United States. He wanted his children to learn first-hand about our country and see all its beautiful landmarks.
Jim and his family landed in Cooperstown in 1977, where he worked at Bassett Hospital in the cardiology department. In 1980, he left Bassett to pursue his own business called Professional Scanning Service. His business provided a heart monitor service for hospitals around New York State. In his retirement years, Jim could be found working on the grounds of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum as a security patrolman or driving the shuttle for Otesaga Hotel employees.
Jim enjoyed listening to country western music, especially Johnny Cash; fishing, driving back country roads with his beloved dog, Patty O'Brien; sitting around the campfire listening to his children reminisce about their childhood and telling them stories of his own youth.
Jim will always be remembered for his quick Irish wit, keen sense of humor and calming manner. He had a carefree attitude about life and could often be heard saying, "What it is, is what it is!" He was known for not passing judgement and was often a sounding board for others.
Jim was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, even strangers, and give the shirt off his back if it meant providing for someone less fortunate.
His most precious gifts were his four children, who he was very proud of and kept close to his heart regardless of the geographic distance between them. He also found endearing friendships in those at the VFW and American Legion in Cooperstown and other places he traveled.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Laden; their three sons, Michael J. Laden (his wife, Christine Schilling and stepson, Mark Conklin and daughter, Michaela) of Hartwick, Peter A. Laden (wife, Susan Webster, son, Christopher Laden and daughter, Bethany Laden) of Charlotte, North Carolina; David P. Laden (wife, Julie Woodard) of West Springfield, Massachusetts, and daughter, Carolyn M. Laden-Reynolds (husband, Jamie Reynolds and daughters, Hannah and Elizabeth Reynolds) of Oneonta. He is also survived by his brothers, William Laden of Norwich, Jack Laden of Hillsdale, Michigan; sister, Jean Ann Laden-Renner of Charlotte, North Carolina; and longtime friend and companion, Betty Vickerson of Cherry Valley and her daughter, Tammy Vickerson.
Friends and acquaintances may pay their respects at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 26. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church, Elm Street, Cooperstown, at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, with Fr. David Mickiewicz, officiant. A reception will follow. Burial and committal services with full military honors accorded will be held in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Cemetery on Route 12N in Norwich at 2 p.m., Wednesday June 28.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests, for those who so desire, that donations in Jim's memory be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.
Published on June 22, 2017