Daniel L. Colpetzer, 55, who established Chandler Ventures, a computer and Internet Web site development company, died Friday at home after a battle with leukemia.
Born in Niagara Falls, he graduated from LaSalle High School in 1967 and enlisted in the Air Force the following year.
In 1970, while in the service, he married Renee D. Socie. After leaving the Air Force with the rank of staff sergeant in 1973, he received an associate's degree from Niagara County Community College.
From 1975 to 1990, Mr. Colpetzer was operations manager at Modern Disposal in Lewiston. From 1990 to 1998, he co-owned and operated ON Environmental, a landfill in Waynesburg, Ohio.
He then founded Chandler Ventures, a Lewiston Web site company, which operated until his retirement last year.
He had lived in Lewiston for 25 years, having moved there from Sanborn.
Mr. Colpetzer was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church; the American Legion Post in Niagara Falls; Lodge 584, Loyal Order of Moose, in Lewiston; and the Impala SS Club. He was a NASCAR fan who also enjoyed woodworking, computers, and vegetable and flower gardening. He and his wife spent winters in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Jason of Waterbury, Conn., and Cory of Lewiston; a daughter, Melanie of Lewiston; his mother, Dorothy of Niagara Falls; two sisters, Diane Pasek and Susan Gullo, both of Niagara Falls; a brother, Thomas of North Tonawanda; and a granddaughter.
A funeral service was held today in St. Paul's Episcopal Church.