Donald “Don” F. Newhouse

September 20, 1925 - June 18, 2020

Donald “Don” F. Newhouse, 94, of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Punta Gorda, FL passed away June 18, 2020 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, FL.  He was born September 20, 1925 in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Julian and Elizabeth Eberle Newhouse.

He went to school in Buffalo. In later years his parents moved their family to Jamestown, NY where he lived and started a family with his first wife. He was a World War II veteran having served in the Navy as a Frogman, underwater demolition team. Upon returning to the states he worked for his father in his garage business in Buffalo and J.M. Newhouse Distributors, Jamestown, NY, handling Genesee Beer and Canada Dry products, as a salesman, the advertising manager and understudy to his father.  Don and his father were very involved with the Genesee Brewery in all aspects as to promote their family business.  Don was a member of the Ismalia Temple and Jamestown Shrine Club and played trumpet in the clubs band.

Don and his wife Betty moved to Cape Coral in 1973 after having sold Cape Coral property from Buffalo, New York holding dinner parties and sharing the dream of living in Cape Coral.   Don and Betty both worked for various real estate companies and builders till opening their own real estate office, Newhouse Realty. After selling their real estate office they both worked at Century 21 Sunbelt Realty.  In the 80’s they moved to Punta Gorda where for many years they sold Pre-need cremations.

Don was passionate about playing golf and did so as much as he could.  He loved the traditional golf apparel of the 70’s and 80’s of loud plaid pants and colorful shirts.  His grandkids thought it a very strange mode of dress!!

Don is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Newhouse, his daughters Carol Nordland, Joni Judd (Larry) both of Cape Coral, Stepsons Guy Olson, Jamestown, NY, Daniel Olson (Mary Sue) of Rochester, NY and Rodney Olson, Fort Myers, FL,  grandchildren Kayla Baker (Jeremy) and Kevin Schaal (Shannon), Courtney Olson, all of Cape Coral, Jesse Olson (Jessica), of Fort Myers,  Kerianne Harzewski (Brian) of Buffalo, NY, Rachel Frisbee (Adam) of Jamestown, NY, Kristie Michaelree (Cameron) of Rochester, NY, Richard Olson (Amy) of  Springfield, Virginia, and 13 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his grandson, Brian K. Newhouse (Joni’s son), and his two younger brothers, Raymond Newhouse and Norman Newhouse.

A memorial service will be held Saturday June 27, 2020 outdoors at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, at the pond, by invite as with Covid there is a limit. Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery on July 6th, with immediate family. 

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hope Hospice House, 2430 Diplomat Parkway E, Cape Coral, FL 33909.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Joan Michaelree Jun 22, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    My deepest condolences to Don’s family.
    May you be comforted by the memories you shared.
    Joan and Larry Michaelree

  2. Nancy Newhouse Jun 23, 2020 at 8:59 am

    My heart breaks for all of you. Never easy loosing a parent. Uncle Don was a great guy and always the life of the party.

  3. Joni Judd Jun 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm


    You will forever be in my heart. I don’t know what i would have done without you through everything 40 years ago. You were my shoulder and support. I will miss you so much but I am happy that you are no longer hurting. I Love You

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