James Auchterlonie was born on October 26, 1923 in Richmond, VA. son of Ronald Auchterlonie and Margaret Rankin Auchterlonie. Orphaned at age nine when his mother died and his father returned to Scotland, Jim was raised by Ann ''Ning'' Schenk, his aunt, and Mary Agnes Daley, his grandmother.
In Rye his family lived at 95 Grapal St. and James was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1941.
He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Jim served in World War II with the US Army from 1943 to 1946 as tank commander and platoon leader for the 710th Tank Battalion. He fought in Palau during the Philippine Islands liberation and was awarded the Bronze Star.
After the war he married Aileen Hostrop of Los Angeles, CA and they raised a family of nine children in the San Fernando Valley. Jim worked for Keysor Century Records, United Sound and AMT Systems.
Related to famous golfers Willie Auchterlonie, winner of the British Open in 1893, and Laurie Auchterlonie, winner of the US Open in 1902, Jim was an avid golfer throughout his life.
As a boy, Jim was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for recording the lowest score for a nine-hole round by an eight-year-old. At 80, Jim developed a taste for international travel. He toured Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, the Baltics, China, Switzerland and South America.
James Auchterlonie passed away peacefully at his home in Newhall, CA on October 30, 2018.
He was survived by his loving companion of 12 years, Betty Rose, Newhall, CA, and six children: David (Barbara Keller), Corona del Mar, CA; Cheryl Gunther (Donald), San Juan Capistrano, CA; Timothy (Chris), Newhall, CA; Jeffrey, Palm Springs, CA; Mark (Tia), Palm Springs, CA; and Susanne Means, Palm Springs, CA; and two step-children Gerald Paden (Chris), Huntington Beach, CA and Renel Ragsdale, Newhall, CA.
He was also survived by 21 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by Aileen Hostrop Fields, the mother of his children; his second wife, Faye Meadows Paden Auchterlonie; his children, Laurie McCready (Burt), Gregory (Laura) and Scott; stepson, Stephen Paden; and brother, George.