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.

Service Details: Calling hours from 4-8 PM on Sunday, May 7 as well as 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM on Monday at Mentley Funeral Home. Funeral services to be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 11 AM from the Little Valley United Methodist Church. Burial in Little Valley Rural Cemetery.

Little Valley United Methodist Church


Nothing in this world we live in can prepare us to lose someone we love to death. I am sending my condolences to both family and friends due to the death of Donald Hammond. There is, however, hope for our dear loved ones in the Bible at John 5:28-29 & Rev. 21:4. For more upbuilding information for families, individuals and children go to and download the publication "When Someone You Love Dies". It is a wonderful publication for people of all religious backgrounds and has been a great help to me when I have lost loved ones in death. I know, only too well, just how stressful and emotional a time like this can be so know that my thoughts and prayers are definitely with you.

He will be greatly missed. He was a funny guy.

A great man who touched so many. Growing up he taught me the meaning of respect and the ethic of hard work. His smile was contagious, his laughter booming and his love for family strong. The world is a lesser place without him in it. God will have a great person by his side to make him laugh. 

My condolences to all. 

A great man who always wanted the best for the whole community.  He will be missed.

Our condolences to the family. Praying God gives you peace.