Donald Jay Spitzer

June 8, 1923 - June 24, 2017

Donald Jay Spitzer, age 94 died June 24, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living, Williamsburg, Virginia. He was born June 8, 1923 in Clymer, New York, son of Clarence E. and Grace Ashdown Spitzer. He was a graduate of Clymer Central school, Allegheny College, and the Simmons School of Mortuary Science. He had been a partner with his father, Clarence Spitzer in the Spitzer Funeral Home of Clymee & Sherman from 1950 to 1964 at which time he owned the firm until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Chautauqua County, New York State and National Funeral Directors Association. He was selected into membership of the National Selected Morticians in 1960.

Mr. Spitzer lived in Sherman, New York and was active in the Sherman Community Church. Organist for 38 years, Norton-Raspas Post American Legion, Olive Lodge #575, AF&AM, Jamestown Consistory, former member of Chautauqua Chapter-American Guild of Organists, Board of Trustees Corry Memorial Hospital, 13 years, Red Cross Area Chairman 32 Years. After retirement, he volunteered at the WCA Hospital, Jamestown, New York, Westfield Memorial Hospital and worked several summers at Chautauqua Institution. He was an Army Veteran of WWII.

In 1994 he and his wife, Nyla moved to Williamsburg, Virginia and became active in Williamsburg United Methodist Church, the choir and United Methodist Men. He volunteered at Williamsburg Community Hospital, Eastern State Hospital and Colonial Williamsburg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nyla and their son Van J. Spetzer. Survivors include, son, Eric J. Spitzer; daughter-In-law, Laura Leave; grandsons, Brent L. and Jonathan M. Spitzer and a brother, Clarence Spitzer, Jr.

A funeral service, conducted by the Reverend Dr. Bill Jones, will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at Bucktrout Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Interment will be held at a later date in Clymer, New York.

Arrangements by Bucktrout Funeral Home and Crematory, Williamsburg, Virginia.


Friday, June 30, 2017
10:00 AM

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  • June 30, 2017
    JW says:
    Dear family you have my sincere condolences. What precious memories you must hold of your dear father, brother, and grandfather, who lived such a long life! May those memories, along with your reliance and trust in the one true God (Psalm 83:18) comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a resurrection in Acts 24:15.

  • July 03, 2017
    Kathy Russell-Babin says:
    Dear Eric: Dad, my sisters and I want you to know that we remember your dad and your whole family with kindest memories. We still look out the front window and think of you all often. Much sympathy on the loss of your dad. Kathy Russell-Babin Jeanne (Russell) Dorn Marijo Russell-o'Grady Lynne Russell Hayes and Jerry Russell