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Donald L DeWitt
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Birth: Apr. 15, 1932
Death: Nov. 10, 2010

FORT COVINGTON - Donald L. DeWitt, 78, of Fort Covington, N.Y., died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at his home, while under the loving care of his family and Hospice of the North Country, Inc. Born in Shreveport, La., April 15, 1932, he was the son of Joann Moore. He graduated from high school and received several college credits. In 1951, he married Marie Bertsch. She predeceased him on May 10, 1976. On Sept. 25, 1981, he married Gayle White in Santa Ana, Calif. She survives. Mr. DeWitt joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January, 1948. He served two 13-month tours in Vietnam, where he earned 16 Air Medals. Over the course of his 36-year career, he earned several other awards, including a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V," Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation, and Combat Air Crew Wings with three stars. He retired from the Marine Corps on June 14, 1985. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Mr. DeWitt became an active member of the Malone American Legion, Marine Corps League, and Malone AMVETS, as well as a partner of Christ with the Congregation of Maranatha Bible Church and a longtime member of several bowling leagues at Lucky Strike Lanes. He continued to serve his country and support the troops by sending countless packages overseas and to the Wounded Warrior Barracks. He spearheaded fundraisers, delivered supplies and helped in any way he could. He founded the Orange County Clowns in California and performed in nursing homes and schools for the handicapped. He enjoyed salt and fresh water fishing. Friends and family will remember him as someone always willing to lend a hand and brighten your day with a joke. Along with his wife, Gayle, surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donald DeWitt of California, and Ronald and Ellen DeWitt of Huntington Beach, Calif.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Thomas Haire of Jacksonville, N.C., Rita and Luke Saumier of St. Regis Falls, N.Y., and Gerry and John Perry of Massena, N.Y.; a sister and brother-in-law, Joann and David Shimick of Texas; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Home in Malone. A funeral service will follow at noon, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Arthur Preve officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Massena, N.Y. Donations may be made to Hospice of the North Country, Inc. of Malone, N.Y.

Calvary Cemetery
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
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Record added: Dec 03, 2011
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Donald L DeWitt
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