Arden J. Younkin


Arden (Art) J. Younkin, age 85, formerly of Rome, NY, and Houston, TX, entered into rest peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Art was born in Rockwood, PA, on April 7, 1935, a son of the late Jesse R. and Irene Phillippi Younkin. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Dale (Lois) Younkin; a brother, Jerry Younkin; a sister, Velma Muir; and a daughter, Donna Younkin Matinchek. Art was formerly married to the late Margaret “Peggy” (Guggi) Younkin.

Art was raised in Ligonier, PA, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1954. He took pride in serving his country for four years while stationed at the former Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, NY. Art then began his career as an Airline Mechanic with Mohawk, Allegheny, USAir, and retired as an Instructor from Continental Airlines in Houston, TX. Art was also involved in teaching aviation mechanics at the collegiate level. He returned to New York State to be closer to his children in 2012.

Art especially enjoyed woodworking of all types and time spent in an extensive wood shop in his home. When residing in Rome, NY, he completed construction of a home for his family. His musical tendencies ranged from playing guitar in his earlier years to being identified by his continuous whistling in his final years.

Arden is survived by daughters, Denice Townsend, Verona, NY, and Debbie and Keith Atlas, Ballston Spa, NY, and a son, Dan and Audrey (Zakala) Younkin, Rome, NY; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial will take place with full military honors at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the physicians, nurses, and staff at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY for their compassionate care of Arden.

Guest Book

Laurie Zetterstrom

My condolences to your family. My Aunt (Eileen) and Father (Robert) always spoke fondly of Art. My Aunt was his neighbor in Houston. I am glad they have both made their ways back to New York. I am certain he will be missed.

Eileen Foreman

Your Dad had such an ageless warm and welcoming smile. I was remembering how he enjoyed the cake I made for him in the shape of a guitar for a surprise birthday (40th?) party.
My sincere condolences.
Your Forever Neighbor

Kathleen Kieffer

So sorry for your loss. May all your cherished memories help you in this very sad time.
With deepest sympathy,
Kathy and Don Kieffer

Potomac Air Lodge 1976

Please accept our heartfelt condolences
on the loss of your loved one.
Potomac Air Lodge 1976
Retiree's Club

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Moon Twp, Pa 15108

Donna & Michael Pacholski

Debbie & Keith
Our Deepest Condolences to you both and your family nothing can ease losing a parent but I hope these condolences know you are not alone. Keeping you all in our prayers at this difficult time. Love & Prayers, Donna & Michael