OLEAN - Doran L. Stocum, of Delaware Avenue, passed away Friday (March 1, 2013) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 3, 1922, in Germania, Pa., he was a son of the late Clifford and Ethel Carlin Stocum. On Dec. 6, 1947, in Allegany, he married the former Anna Beliles, who passed away June 1, 2003. He attended Scio schools and received his G.E.D. in 2001. A veteran of World War II
, he served in the U.S. Army
at the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy invasion. He was awarded two Purple Heart
s, two Bronze Stars
, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Good Conduct Medal.
Doran was employed and retired from Buffalo Slag. After his retirement, he went to work at CUTCO. He enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, and watching and feeding animals at his home.
Surviving are a son, George (JoAnn) Lewis of Medina; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jill (Dorr) Dunbar, Dawn (Thomas) Downs, Brenda (Pat) Whitaker, and Dixie (Richard) Monroe; a brother, Keith (Pat) Stocum; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five sisters, Bertha Nobles, Elva Butler, Evelyn Brown, Bertha Ellsworth and Doris Pendelton; and two brothers, Jack and Roger Stocum.
Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, where funeral and committal services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday (March 6, 2013). The Rev. Marilyn Hale of the First Presbyterian Church, Portville, will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean.
Memorials may be made to Children's Hospital, 219 Bryant St., Buffalo, NY 14222, or a