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Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 26 Brunswick Blvd., for Dr. Herman E. Askerneese, 68, a former Buffalo resident who established a dentistry practice here and who was an exceptional high school and college athlete. Burial will be in the Los Angeles area, his home for the past 31 years.

Askerneese died Tuesday (May 16, 1989) in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness.

Born in Sharon, Pa., he moved to Buffalo as a child. He graduated from Hutchinson Central High School, where he earned letters in football, cross-country and baseball.

Askerneese was captain of the football team at Virginia Union University, where he received his bachelor's degree in general science. At Howard University's School of Dentistry, Askerneese received his doctor of dental surgery degree and opened his practice in Buffalo in 1946.

During World War II, Askerneese served in the Army Air Forces. He was stationed in Germany from 1951 to 1953 and attained the rank of captain. He resumed his career in Los Angeles and practiced dentistry from 1954 until his retirement in 1985.

He was a member of the Los Angeles County Dental Society, the Angel City Dental Society and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He frequently visited Buffalo and was a member of the Jesse Clipper Post Sons of America Legions and the American Legion. He was a charter member of the Athlos Athletic/Community Service fraternity.

Survivors include his wife, the former Althea Byrd; two daughters, Michelle Askerneese and Cheryl St. Clair; two sons, Herman and Claude C., and two grandchildren, all of Los Angeles.

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