Olean, NY - Donald E. Heysham, 73 of 502 Third Avenue, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 15, 2017 at home. He was born on October 5, 1944 in Wellsville, the son of the late Robert and Margaret (Rogers) Heysham. In 1997 he married to Debbie Knipple who predeceased him in 2010.
Donald attended Wellsville Central School. He was employed by various business in the Olean area for many years. He enjoyed making furniture and carpentry work.
He is survived by two children, Tammy Marie (Matthew) Vanscoter of Port Allegany, PA and Donald Leo Heysham of Florida, three step-children, Shannon J. Barth of Olean, Michael O. Knipple of Olean and Patrick S. Knipple of Atlanta, Georgia, several grandchildren, two brothers, Robert Heysham of Limestone and James (Mary) Heysham of Olean, two sisters, Donna (Neil) Culhane of Middlebury, Connecticut, and Jane Price of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife, by two sisters, Shirley Heysham and Dorothy Crawford and a nephew, Robin Heysham.
A private graveside service was conducted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany or Cattaraugus Counties. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.