Donald R. Hammond Monday, June 4, 1934 - Friday, May 5, 2017
Little Valley, NY - Donald R. Hammond, 82, passed away May 5, 2017 peacefully at home. He was born June 4, 1934 in Bradford,PA to the late Alfred and Margaret (Roth) Hammond. Growing up he worked on the family dairy farm. Following those footsteps, he bought his first farm in 1956. He added three more farms and kept farming until 1982. In 1982, he built his first sawmill. He mastered the lumber business until 1996. In 1996, he bought and renovated Myers Steakhouse and Hotel in Salamanca,NY. He was a Master Craftsman using his skills to transform numerous projects. He was always scheming for the next project or adventure. He served the community in various positions. He was a member and President of the Rotary Club. He served on the Little Valley Town Board. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and being in nature. He was a member of the Snowbounders Snowmobile Club. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 531. He was a larger than life personality, and he will be missed dearly. He is survived by four daughters: Roxanne (James) Gassman of Little Valley, Debra (Harold) Hensel of Little Valley, Denise (Conway Clayson)Hammond of Little Valley, and Alicia (Jay) Bockmier of Allegany,NY.Also 6 grandchildren; Raymond, Monica, Jenna (Cory), David, and Evelyn, 5 great grandchildren, two brothers, Floyd (Joanna) Hammond of Port St. Lucie, FL and James (Barbara) Hammond of Little Valley and one sister, Jean Peters of Gerry, NY and two dear friends; Ryan West and Conway Clayson. He was predeceased in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Diana Leigh. Friends can call at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc. 411 Rock City Street in Little Valley,NY on Sunday, May 7 2017 from 4-8 PM and Monday and Monday May 8 2017 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. Funeral services to be held on Tuesday, May 9 2017 at 11 AM from the Little Valley United Methodist Church. Burial in Little Valley Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Shriner's Children's Hospital in Erie, PA.