Olean – James E. "Skeeter" Weitzel "Loving Husband, Father, & Papa"
James E. "Skeeter" Weitzel, of 1833 West Franklin Street, passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife and family.
James was born August 19, 1947 in Olean and was the son of Walter A. and Dorothy Marie Hoffmire Weitzel. On November 27, 1970 in Allegany, he married his wife of 49 years, Sherril L. Hall, who survives.
James attended Olean High School. He served in the US Marines from February 1, 1967 to February 10, 1970, where he received the Purple Heart and the Naval Achievement Combat V Medal. James worked as a truck driver for Sanzo Beverage for 34 years, until his retirement in 2004. He was formerly a member of the Cuba American Legion and the Teamsters Union. James enjoyed hunting, deep sea fishing, as well as, woodworking. He was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. James was known as "Skeeter" to his family and friends since the day he was born.
Along with his loving wife, Sherril, James is survived by; 2 daughters, Michelle (Bob) Carey of Olean and Erin (David) Geldard of Holland; 5 grandchildren, Bridgette & Brian Carey, and Stella, Molly, & Alexzander Geldard; 2 brothers, Thomas (Joann) Weitzel of Shinglehouse, PA and Frank "Rocky" (Theresa) Weitzel of Olean; and numerous nieces and nephews.
James was predeceased by; his parents, a sister, Linda L. Weitzel in 2008, and a son Scott P. Weitzel on June 18, 2019.
Funeral Services will be held at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc.,646 East State Street, Olean on Friday, June 19, 2020, beginning with a gathering for immediate family and close friends, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, at which time a Funeral Service will be held. Full military honors will be accorded by the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post #892 Ritual Team. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Cattaraugus County Veteran's Van, C/O the Cattaraugus County Department of Veteran's Affairs, 1 Leo Moss Drive, Suite 6510, Olean, New York 14760.
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