Douglass D. Champlin, a retired major in the Army, died Saturday in his Snyder home after a long illness. He was 83.
Born in Hopkinton, R.I., Maj. Champlin was educated in public schools there.
He moved to Buffalo about 20 years ago with his wife after retirement.
Maj. Champlin entered the Army in 1939 as an infantry officer and fought in Italy during World War II. After the war, he returned to the United States, then was based in Japan during the occupation. In 1951, he served a tour of duty in the Korean War and in the mid-1950s was assigned to France with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division.
He also served in Aberdeen, Md., and Virginia. He retired in 1962 as a major and then went to work with the federal government as a special investigator in Washington, D.C., until he retired in 1973.
He was a master Mason and a member of several lodges in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition, Maj. Champlin was an avid bowler and fisherman and enjoyed cards and cribbage.
In 1991, his wife of 47 years, Anna Eckert Champlin, died.
Survivors include three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today by Highland-Eli-Parker Lodge 835 in Sauer-Lynett-Amigone Funeral Home, 1933 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga. Services, with military honors, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.