Donald James Palinkas, age 71, of Painted Post, NY, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.\n\n\nDon was born on December 23, 1945 in Corning to John and Alice (Hovey) Palinkas. He was a graduate of Painted Post High School (1963) and married Joan Greene on September 30, 1978 in Painted Post.\n\n\nDon served in the Army National Guard and retired from Corning Glass Works as a machine operator in 1985. \n\n\nHe was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Moose, NRA, Friends of NRA, Painted Post Field and Stream, and Corning Fish and Game. Don enjoyed tinkering in his shop. \n\n\nHe is survived by his wife Joan; two daughters, Melissa (Mike) Wichtowski of Elmira and Andrea Palinkas of Painted Post; two brothers, John (Joan) Palinkas of Cornelius, NC and Alan (Judy) Palinkas of Penn Yan, NY; granchildren, Alison and Andrew Wichtowski, and Hailey Broughton; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Bobby Rockwell.\n\n\nServices will be held at the convenience of the family at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.