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Donald C. Thurman


Funeral services for Donald C. Thurman, age 92 of Heuvelton will be held on Saturday (Oct 19, 2013) at 4:00pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Deacon Richard VanKirk officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Foxwood Memorial Park.

Calling hours will also be held on Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm at the funeral home. Mr. Thurman passed away at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Wednesday (Oct 16, 2013) surrounded by his family.

Surviving are two sons & their wives, James & Yoko Thurman and Daniel & Brenda Mattice-Thurman both of Rensselaer Falls, NY; grandchildren Joel, Alexis, Jessie & Caitlin Thurman; great-grandchildren Devon, Joel, Madison & MacKenzie Thurman; two sisters Ruth Hauter of Los Angeles, CA & Pat Deggleman of Fremont, CA; two brothers Bill Thurman of Santa Rosa, CA & Dick & Lou Thurman of Ashland, OR along with many cousins.

His wife MayDell, grandson Erik Thurman along with siblings Edwina Thurman, Hazel Newton, Marion Doyle, John, Hank & Larry Thurman predeceased him.

Donald was born on February 14, 1921 in Point Arena CA, a son of the late John E. & Ann (Peterson) Thurman. After high school he attended Modesto Junior College with a major in liberal arts. He then married MayDell Johnson on August 8, 1941 in Carson City, NV. Due to a heart condition, he was unable to serve during WWII, but was employed as a civilian master welder teaching his precise welding techniques in the Navy ship yards in Oakland, CA to the C.B’s going to the Pacific War.

After WWII, he and MayDell both went to Okinawa, Japan to help rebuild the city. Upon returning, he worked in the lumber industry building and managing lumber mills in CA, OR & WA states in the early 70’s until relocating to NY. In 1974 he went into business with his sons James & Daniel under the name Thurman & Son’s, making lumber and pallets. They operated the business together for 35 years.

Don enjoyed telling stories and jokes, being in the woods, operating heavy equipment and working to staying busy. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ogdensburg Rescue Squad or the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences can also be shared online at

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