CARTHAGE- Donald L. Halko, 78, of Old State Road, Carthage, died on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at St. Josephs Hospital, Syracuse.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc, Lowville with Rev. Bruce Lyndaker, Pastor of Emmaus Bible Fellowship, officiating. Spring Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Town of Croghan. Calling hours are Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, David J. Halko of Carthage, Daryl and Penny Halko of Croghan, Dennis and Ginger Halko of Croghan, Carrie and Stanley Zehr of Castorland, Darin and Jennifer Halko of Carthage; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Carl and Barbara Halko of Copenhagen, Richard Rick Halko of Carthage; five sisters and three brothers-in-law, Annie and Lee Edgbert of Baldwinsville, Rosie Halko of Liverpool, Linda Halko of Liverpool, Bonnie and Carl Jacobs of Carthage, Julie and Mike Boulio of Black River; 17 grandchildren, three foster grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, and many extended family. He is predeceased by his wife, Joyce Marie Halko, a daughter-in-law, Jenny Lou Halko and a granddaughter, Cicily Halko.
Donald was born on November 12, 1935 in New Bremen, NY, the oldest son of the late Louis Joseph Joe and Apoline Rosiczcowski Halko. He attended Copenhagen School and worked on the family farm. On September 7, 1957, he married Joyce Marie Walsemann at the First Baptist Church in Carthage. Together with his wife, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the Copenhagen-Deer River Road. He worked for other area businesses before he went to work for Black Clawson, Watertown as a machinist. He worked for Black Clawson for over 30 years, until it closed, and which time, he retired, as a journeyman machinist.
He loved feeding the birds, gardening in his younger years, hunting and blackberry picking. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his dogs, Toby and Skip.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .