Donald Chauncey Wellman of Attica, NY passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015 at the Erie County Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born on February 12, 1931 in Warsaw, NY but soon thereafter became a life-long resident of Attica.
Don is survived by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Carol (Cooper) Wellman and three daughters: Donna Wellman Butler (Charles R.) of St. Augustine FL, Cyndie Ann Wellman of Attica, and Julie Wellman Huber (Jeffrey A.) of Attica, who believe to this day that “My Daddy can fix it”. He is also survived by three adoring grandsons who were the light of his life for the past twenty-plus years: Donald Jeffrey Huber of Attica, Stephen Wesley Huber of Milford CT, and Lee Wellman Huber of Attica. His sister, Ruth Wellman Lange of Attica, nephew David N. Lange (Marilyn Fox) of Alexander NY and niece Marcia Lange Perry (Robert A.) of Attica and their families also survive Don and have given him much enjoyment and support.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chauncey Parker Wellman and Evelyn Barrett Wellman, brother-in-law Norman K. Lange, and his father- and mother-in-law Arlie L. Cooper and Perle Horton Cooper, all of Attica.
After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict, Don returned to Attica and soon began a career with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he worked in several capacities, ultimately becoming the Plant Manager at the Attica Westinghouse foundry. Many of his happiest times were spent reminiscing with and about his fellow Westinghouse colleagues and their accomplishments and exploits. He was honored in June 2015 as Grand Marshal of the Attica Founder’s Day parade which featured an exhibit presented by the Attica Historical Society about the Attica Westinghouse plant.
Don made many contributions to the local community including serving on the Attica Central School Board of Education, the Intercommunity Medical Center Board, the Attica Village Board of Trustees, the Trinity United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and membership in the Attica Historical Society and the Harder-O’Donnell Post of the American Legion. His many interests included enjoying his family and friends, woodworking, hunting, travel, playing euchre and sports. He was an avid New York Yankees supporter and a (sometimes frustrated) Buffalo Bills fan.
Those who knew Don will remember him for his quick wit, love of jokes (especially practical ones!), and his unwavering commitment to his family, friends, and community. He will be deeply missed but the world is a better place because of him. Now Heaven gets a chance to enjoy his gifts.
Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00PM and 6:00 to 8:00PM on October 28, 2015 at the Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on October 29, 2015 at the Marley Funeral Home with interment services immediately following at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s name to the Attica Fire Department, 11 Water St., Attica, NY 14011 or to Friends for Colombia, an organization that provides assistance to travelers in distress and were an invaluable source of comfort and support to Don and his family when he became ill in Colombia. Donations may be made through their website at www.friendsforcolombia.org. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.