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Donald J. Kreuter, emcee at Rick's Tally Ho, Navy veteran Aug . 2, 1964 -- July 23, 2007

A memorial service for Donald J. Kreuter, 42, of Amherst, who died early Monday after his Honda Accord plunged into the Erie Canal in North Tonawanda, will be at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

North Tonawanda police continue to investigate why Mr. Kreuter's car ended up in the canal at about 1:30 a.m. Monday off a parking lot at Main and Sweeney streets, several hours after he had been out with a friend enjoying the Canal Fest fireworks. Police said the crash appears to have been accidental.

Mr. Kreuter worked for the last five years as an a weeknight emcee at Rick's Tally Ho in Cheektowaga, which bills itself as a gentlemen's cabaret. Owner Richard A. Snowden called him "the voice of our nightclub" and a "very loyal and good employee."

Police said Wednesday that a woman who was with Mr. Kreuter shortly before his drowning was not his sister, as some members of Rick's Tally Ho staff were led to believe during an impromptu memorial service at the club Monday night. Family members said Wednesday that widespread reports Mr. Kreuter lost his legs in the Persian Gulf War during the early 1990s also were untrue, although he was a U.S. Navy veteran who was discharged for medical reasons.

His only sister, Sharon O'Connor, of Littleton, Colo., said of her brother, "Donny was a devoted father who was known as a fun-loving and generous man. He worked to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation and to generate organ awareness. He would give anyone the shirt off his back, and the entire family is devastated by his loss."

Mr. Kreuter, a native of Buffalo, moved to Colorado with his family in the late 1970s and attended schools there, graduating in 1982 from Columbine High School in Littleton.

He served in the Navy in the mid-1980s and returned to Buffalo sometime after that.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Kreuter is survived by a son, Anthony J., and his mother, A. Shirley Albicocco.

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