Donald D. Mittler, 85, of County Highway 155, Broadalbin, died Thursday morning, November 29, 2012, at Wells Nursing Home, Johnstown.
He was born in Gloversville on February 23, 1927, a son of Fern and Lulu Carpenter DeForest and was 1948 graduate of Broadalbin High School. Don was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Mittler was employed as a truckdriver for Hill & Markes and later at General Electric Co. in Schenectady for more than thirty years. He retired in 1987.
Don was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Broadalbin and was active in its church community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 7629 and a member of the 4th Degree Assembly No. 2505, both in Broadalbin. Don was a member of the former Holy Name Society at the church, served as an usher, and was a member of the finance committee.
Don was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 337 and of the VFW Post No. 8690, both in Broadalbin.
Mr. Mittler was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club.
He enjoyed camping and fishing, but mostly he loved spending time with his family and friends.
He was married to Mildred K. Cleveland on February 12, 1950. She died January 12, 2007. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Thomas G. Mittler, who died November 4, 1961; and a daughter, Colleen Cornell, who died November 8, 2012.
Survivors include two sons, Donald (Andrea) Mittler and David (Bella) Mittler, all of Broadalbin; a daughter, Cathy (David) Croston of Williamsburg, Va.; a brother, Richard (Paulette) Mittler of Maryville, Tenn.; a sister, Jane Benedict of Gloversville; eleven grandchildren, Jason Croston, Heather Levine, Jeffrey Mittler, Steven Cornell, Sean Croston, LeeAnn Cherry, Joseph Mittler, Kamiron Mittler, Timothy Cornell, Sarah Mittler and Thomas Mittler; four great-grandchildren, Vincent Saj, Jenna Levine, Gavin and Leland Ward; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 7 North Street, Broadalbin, with Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia, officiating. Cremation will take place at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Final burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Amsterdam at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to BVAC or to the Kennyetto Fire Company, both in care of the funeral home.