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Donald Duane Jewell, of Hornell

Hornell-Donald Duane Jewell, 81, of the Airport Rd., passed away Wednesday (December 10, 2014) at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.


Born in Wellsville, December 11, 1932, the son of Clarence Wade and Erma Sears Jewell, he had resided in the Hornell area since 1975, having come from the Allegany County Area. Donald was a graduate of the Belfast Central School and served his country in the United States Army Signal Corps. during the Korean Conflict. During his childhood Donald loved being a member of the Boys Scouts and was a member of the former Oramel Methodist Church, past president of the Oramel Cemetery Assoc., and retired as a Rural Mail Carrier for the Hornell Post Office. Donald was a member of the Arkport American Legion Post 1248 and loved fishing, gardening, animals, feeding and watching the birds, and was an avid outdoorsman. He will be remembered for his great love of his family.


In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by one brother, Jay Ell Jewell.


He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie Griffin Jewell to whom he was married on April 19, 1975, one son, Nelson Wade (Shelley) Jewell of Livonia, one daughter, Dona Joi (John Kralles) Freeman of Rochester, one brother, E. Harvey (Mary E.) Jewell of Sioux Falls SD, one sister, Gloria R.(Roger C.) Griffin of Bishopville, four grandchildren, Michael, Alyssa and Samantha Jewell, Jewell Freeman, brother-in-law, Franklin (Corrinne Miller) Griffin of Fremont, sisters-in-law, Nancy Griffin of Almond, Mary Lou Jewell of Memphis TN, many nieces and nephews.


To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Donald’s memory please visit The family is being assisted by Adam E. DuBois, Director.


The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday (Dec. 14, 2014) from 2-4Pm and 6-8Pm and also on Monday from 2-3Pm, at the Bender – Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. Funeral services will follow calling hours on Monday at 3PM at the funeral home, Rev. Pam Carey officiating. Burial will be in Heritage Hill Cemetery in Arkport.


Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to Care First, 11751 E. Corning Rd. Corning, NY 14830, Faith in Action, PO Box 117, Hornell, NY 14843, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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