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James H. Van Arsdale III, former Bank of Castile president


Jan. 6, 1920 - Feb. 2, 2017

James Henry Van Arsdale III, of Castile, a World War II veteran who was leader in a bank in Western New York, died on Feb. 2 at his home following a short illness. He was 97.

A native of Castile, he graduated from high school in the community.

He graduated from Cornell University in 1941.

During World War II, Mr. Van Arsdale served in the Army Field Artillery, from 1941 to 1946. He served in places including England, North Africa and Italy as a forward observer, and received honors including a Silver Star and Croix de Guerre.

Mr. Van Arsdale worked for 47 years at the Bank of Castile, a family business. He served as president and chairman of the board.

Mr. Van Arsdale also had an interest in dairy farming, and owned Southview Farm in Castile.

He was active in the community.

Organizations that Mr. Van Arsdale supported included the United Way, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Castile Community Church, the Castile Youth Hostel, Letchworth Central School and Warsaw Hospital.

Involved with the Boy Scouts for many years, he earned an Eagle Scout distinction and served as a scout leader.

He enjoyed fishing, playing bridge and traveling. He was also a fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. He also played tennis for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, the former Susan Jameson; three daughters, Ruth, Mary Jane Miller and Katrina Gouinlock Drouhard; two sons, James "Jamie" IV and Peter; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Castile United Church of Christ, 4 Washington St., Castile.

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