OGDENSBURG - Funeral Services for Donald Lloyd Putney, age 79, of Ogdensburg, will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday (January 2, 2023) at the Fox and Murray Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Smith officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Pinehill Cemetery in Eel Weir.
Calling hours will also be held on Monday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the funeral home. Mr. Putney passed away on December 27, 2022, at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Surviving is his wife, Gloria (Wallace), the love of his life for the past 61 years. The couple has two sons Donald Putney of Ogdensburg and Richard Putney, his longtime friend Dan Wells of Watertown; a daughter, Jennifer (Putney) Murphy and her husband, Michael of Lisbon. Grandchildren Kelleigh George, Cody, Kendal, Cole, and Britney Putney, Patricia Hall and Kaden Demers; great-grandchildren Ariannah and Alexeigh Middlemiss, Blake Kinch, Addison Holst, Bella, Lilly and Gary Hall; Cecelia and Luke Murphy; his mother Harriett (Davison) who is 104, of New Hampshire; a sister Cynthia Chayka and her husband Dave of Syracuse and several nieces, nephews and very close cousins.
Don was predeceased by his father, Donald Leslie Putney of Lisbon, in 2005, his father’s wife, Joyce, and a grandson Conner Joseph Demers, the son of Jennifer Murphy, also in 2005.
He was born on November 24, 1943, in Ogdensburg, a son of Donald L. And Harriett (Davison) Putney. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy and married Gloria Wallace on June 27, 1964, after dating since the ninth grade. Don worked at The Standard Shade Roller and then the Diamond National, where he was head of the union. Don eventually began his career of 35+ years for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, holding the title of Deputy Sheriff until his promotion to Chief Civil Deputy.
Don was a generous and compassionate man. He was highly respected, dedicated, and integrity driven.
Not only did he enjoy playing baseball throughout his life, but he was also a huge fan of watching Sunday football. Don enjoyed swimming at the locks in his younger years. He was an avid fisherman and hunter but particularly enjoyed duck hunting on Saturday mornings with his sons. In the summer, Don especially enjoyed keeping up with his flower and vegetable gardens. He had knowledge of carpentry and was always working on projects to keep his house updated throughout the years.
Anyone that knew Don knew he was a joker. He never failed to make anyone laugh. He loved his friends and family very much and cherished every minute he spent with them. He loved sitting in the couple’s backyard with his family during the evenings, making new memories and reminiscing on their lifetime of memories together.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75231. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.