John Eugene VanLenten
- Army

John Eugene VanLenten, a lifelong resident of Garfield, died on December 10, 2018 at age 86.   Eugene served in the US Army from 1952 to 1954 and fought in the Korean War in the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division where he was a radio operator.  He fought in the battle at "Boomerang Hill” in July of 1953 where his company was attacked by waves of Chinese soldiers and was one of only ten survivors. He was a life member of the Garfield VFW Post 2867 where he was Chaplain and Jr. Vice Commander, and he was the Past Commander of the Garfield Am Vets. He was an electronic engineer for 48 years working with Avion, Paramus, and retiring from PCI, Plainfield in 2002. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and involved with the Boy Scouts.  He was married to Arlene (nee Stellingwerf) for 62 years and had three children: Kathy Ligenzowski and husband Allen, Barbara Albanese-Reynolds, and Fred VanLenten and wife Patricia.  He doted on his six grandchildren, Amy, Michael (Courtney), Allen (Crystal), Kyle, Kevin, and Nicole, and six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Mia, Chloe, Alexandria, Tenley, and Levi. He was predeceased by his grandson, Joseph Albanese in 2008, and his son-in-law, Peter Reynolds in 2018. Visiting was at Aloia Funeral Home and he is buried at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.