GOWANDA Donald A. Orth, age 77, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the TLC Healthcare Center in the Town of Hanover surrounded by family.
Born June 26, 1935 in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Arthur and Mary (Christie) Orth.
Don was a United States Marine Corps Veteran.
Donald A. Orth
An assistant cook with the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center, Don worked for more than 10 years for New York State. After his state employment, he opened Don's Corner Store, a landmark location on the corner of Broadway and Palmer Street in Gowanda. Don ran the store for more than 10 years be-fore selling. Painting, both commercial and residential, inside and out was his next form of employment. He took pride in the fact that if anyone had a painting project that needed to be done in Gowanda and the surrounding area, he would be the first one people would think to call. Don enjoyed painting and was very meticulous. He also tended bar for the VFW in Gowanda for 14 years.
His memberships included Life Member of the James Cruden VFW Post 5007 and the American Legion Post 409, both of Gowanda. Donald's past memberships included the Slovenian Club and the Gowanda Moose Lodge No. 1382.
Survivors include a son, Kirk (Charlotte) Orth of Cattaraugus; and 3 daughters, Pam (Doug "Sparky") Parks of Gowanda, Valerie (Douglas) Sager of Perrysburg and Carla (Sam) Castellano of Gowanda. along with grandchildren Nicole, Brandon, Michael (Josey), Trianna, Dylan, Ryan, Rhiannon and Alexis Great grandchildren Caleb, Braylynn and Sean. Don is also survived by 2 brothers, Richard (Carol) Orth of Gowanda and David (Laurie) Orth of Gowanda, along with several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters Patricia and Joan; and 2 brothers, James and Frank Orth.
Friends may call at the SCHINDLER FUNERAL HOME, 44 Center St., Gowanda 716-532-4200 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday September 24, 2012 where funeral service with full military honors will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 @11a.m. Interment in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Gowanda with Rev. Daniel Davis officiating.