Nov. 26, 1927 – Sept. 4, 2013
Carlton P. Ordway, of Getzville, who was a member of the Air Force and its reserves for almost 30 years, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 85.
Known as “Carl,” Mr. Ordway was born in the Allegany County community of Andover, where he graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo and worked almost 30 years as an auditor with the Treasury Department, retiring in 1990.
Meanwhile, he was a 1970 graduate of the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Academy at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, Calif., where he finished third in his class. He worked 27 years as a disaster preparedness technician for the 914th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, retiring in 1987.
Mr. Ordway was an active member of The Chapel at CrossPoint, where he served as an usher, helped out in the kitchen and worked with “The Potter’s Hands” ministry on many projects. He accompanied his wife in visiting shut-ins and with nursing home service, and was a member of Grandparents for God, a senior citizens group that helps with crafts for children.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, the former Leona “Lee” Pettit; three daughters, Carol Wade, Nancy Lynch and Joanne Cowan; two sons, David Dietrich and Brian; and a sister, Lois Elsenheimer.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville.