Donald M. VanAlstyne, 90, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Donald M. VanAlstyne, 90, Summerfield, FL, and a Watertown native, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in Florida.

Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Spring burial with military honors will be in Brookside Cemetery.

Don was born May 21, 1930, in Watertown, a son to Donald and Florence VanAlstyne. Following his high school education, Donald served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the  US Army from 1948 to 1952. After his honorable discharge, he continued to serve in the Army Reserves, retiring as Master Sgt.

Donald was employed as a telephone installer and was a self-employed carpenter for many years. He joined the NYS Department of Corrections and was stationed at the Dry Hill facility until his retirement as sergeant.

He married Velma Terry on Dec. 2, 1954. She passed June 11, 1998. Don Moved to Florida in the early 2000s. He married Cecilia Sansoucie July 7, 2007.

Don was a member of the 82nd Airborne Association and the Watertown American Legion Post 61 and the American Legion in Summerfield, FL.

He is survived by his wife Cecilia, Summerfield; three daughters, Terry (Terry) Phillips, Watertown, Toni Ward, Watertown and Tracey (Jimmy) Vega, Little Falls, NY; grandchildren, Trevor Phillips, Tara and Kyle McAuliffe, Joey and Bobby Ward, Troy and Liz Phillips, Sara Bishaw, Stephanie Dishaw-Kinsella and Steven Vega;  sister Joyce Taylor, Watertown; a niece, April Young, Dexter; and a nephew, Dan Taylor, Syracuse. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.

Don was predeceased by a daughter Tina M. in 1985, his wife Velma in 1998, and beloved dog, Buddy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY  13601.

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