PHOENIX, NY – Donald R. Dauer, of Main Street, Phoenix, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday April 17, 2018.
Born September 23, 1926, he was raised by his parents Frank and Nellie Dauer in Syracuse.
Donald was a graduate of Carson Long Military School in New Bloomfield, Pa., and a graduate of Kansas State University, belonging to Phi Kappa Psi and Alpha Epsilon Rho, radio television honorary.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U. S. Navy as a petty officer, in the Pacific and Chinese theaters.
Don joined the elite group of seamen who obtained their “Seafarer’s License” crossing the International Date Line, on April 15, 1946.
Donald started with WSYR AM/FM/TV in Syracuse in 1952 as a staff announcer, he later served as chief announcer and then program director.
Retiring in 1990, he hosted the morning drive RFD Show, which was a top rated radio show for 20 years.
He was very proud of his relationship with his many thousands of fans and the public service his show provided to Central New York listeners.
He was also an avid outdoors man, enjoying hunting, fishing and his passion of clay bird shooting.
Every fall, you could find him in the field with his beloved English Setter, Chris, in pursuit of pheasants.
Another great joy was spending time with Barbara and his family at their camp in the Adirondacks.
Donald received more than 100 public service awards and moe than 40 honorary memberships in local sportsman’s clubs.
He was a former trustee in the village of Phoenix, charter president of the Phoenix Lions Club; past president of the Phoenix Rod & Gun Club (five terms); past secretary of the Phoenix Public Library; past vice president for Oswego County Health Association; past vice president Central New York Rod & Gun Club; past president of CNY Trap League (seven terms) life member; Amateur Trap Shooting Association.; Dewitt Fish and Game Club; and Pompey Rod & Gun Club; past chairman of the Syracuse Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (five terms).
He was a member of CNY Wildfowlers; Butterfly Waterfowl Association, Mexico; National Rifle Association; Eastwood American Legion; Phoenix American Legion; and the VFW Post 5540 Phoenix.
He was also a member of Callimachus Masonic Lodge #369 F&AM, Phoenix; 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Syracuse; and the Tigris Shrine, Syracuse.
Donald was inducted into the NYS Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 2017.
Donald is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Barbara J. (Breman); a son, Bruce (Cheryl) Dauer of Clay; a daughter, Cathy (Mark) Marsden of Queen Creek, Ariz.; grandchildren, Jessica Dauer of Clay and Jennifer Greene (Peter) of Auburn, Christopher Nichols (Jessica) and Christina Nichols (Adam) both of Mesa, Ariz; several great-grandchildren; nieces and a nephew.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no calling hours or memorial service.
Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Dewitt, with military honors.
Donations can be made to: Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or a charity of your choice.
Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, NY has charge of arrangements.