Donald B. Adkins
Donald B. Adkins, a veteran of the United States Navy and the former owner of Altamont Appliance, died peacefully on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga. He was 91.
Mr. Adkins was born on May 22, 1923, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the son of the late Hazel and Leon Adkins.
He graduated from Knott Terrace High School and, upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served in World War II.
He worked for many years as the owner and operator of Altamont Appliance.
After retiring from the television business, he became a machine technician for Pine Ridge Industries in Scotia.
Mr. Adkins was a member of the Boyd Hilton Post 7062 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Altamont, and was a past president of the Archer CB Club, in Schenectady.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed bowling, motorcycle racing, and traveling with his companion, Susan Lanfear.
He had a special bond with his three dogs, Marley, Cloie, and Misty.
The family thanks the nursing staff and doctors of the Saratoga Hospital, floors two and three, for their special care and support for Donald during his stay there.
In addition to his companion, Susan Lanfear, of Saratoga, Mr. Adkins is survived by his children, Bruce E. Adkins, and his wife, Sharon, of Altamont, and Paul D. Adkins, and his partner, James Fleischman, of Schenectady; his stepchildren, Joseph Lanfear, and his wife, Kathy, of Saratoga Springs, Melinda Nolan, and her husband, David, of Florida, Brenda Buchholz, of Schuylerville, Paul Lanfear, and his wife, Gina, of Queensbury, and Kimberly Lanfear, of Schuylerville.
He is also survived by his brother, Rev. Leon Adkins, and his wife, Bonnie, of Middlebury, Vt.; his sister, Rachael Platt Donovan, and her husband, Andy, of Pittsford; his ex-wife, Shirley M. Adkins; his grandchildren, Jason and Amanda Adkins; his 10 step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and his two good friends, Dave and Jake.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be held at noon at the funeral home. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duel Road, Saratoga.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boyd Hilton Post 7062, 11 Mill St., Altamont, NY 12009, or the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210.