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Donald (“Duke”) Mayhew passed away June 29, 2010, in hospice care in North Palm Beach, Fla.
Duke was born Aug. 30, 1930, to Blanche Todd Mayhew and Karl Mayhew. Don was educated in Canton, Middlebury College, St. Lawrence University and the University of Nevada, having earned a master’s degree.
Don was as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
He was an active member of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston Veterans of Foreign  Wars Post No. 7128 and theClark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown, as well as The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Oneonta Lodge No. 1312.
He was married to Joan Koster Mayhew for 52 years. He is survived by son Steve Mayhew, his wife, Kim, and their sons, Kyle, Kevyn, Brandon and Austin; daughter Julia and Mark Brown, and children Jordan and Dakota; daughter Lynn and Mike Pettibone; two stepdaughters, Michelle and Amanda, and Michelle’s son, Bradley.
He is also survived by his  brother, Douglas Mayhewof Horseheads, sister-in-law, Sherrill and John Keenan of Battle Mountain, Nev., and nephews.
Don was predeceased by a son, Scott (“Rod”) Mayhew, in 2003; brothers, Karl Mayhew, Kenneth Mayhew, Keith Mayhew; and sister, Virginia St. Lawrence.
Duke was a teacher, college guidance counselor, real estate broker and motel owner in the Cooperstown area for more than 40 years.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, followed by a Funeral Service at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev’d Mark A. Michael, Rector of Christ Church in Cooperstown, officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown.
Military honors will be accorded by members of the Sgt. Walter P. Eggleston VFW Post No. 7128, the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown, and the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Unit of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, 3360 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  July 29, 2010
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