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Ellsworth J. "L.Z." Meyers of the Village of Hamburg died Thursday (Sept. 2, 1999) in Aurora Park Health Care Facility, East Aurora, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.

A Buffalo native, he was a 1935 graduate of Hamburg High School. Meyers retired from Winsmith Industries in 1982, capping a 45-year career. He rose the career ladder at Winsmith, a manufacturer of machine parts, working jobs from machinist to office and administrative work. At the time of his retirement, he was purchasing manager. He was a member of the Purchasing Managers Association.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served with the 376th Infantry in the European Theater as a message runner under Gen. George Patton. He earned a Purple Heart when he was hit by enemy fire in Germany, losing two fingers.

Meyers was a member of Post 527, American Legion.

He was a parishioner of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg and was a founder of the church's Cub Scout pack. He also was a lector and member of the Parish Council.

He served as president of the Hamburg Junior Baseball League and also was a coach.

In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf at the Town of Hamburg golf course and was a member of an informal retirement group called the Sunshine Boys.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Arline Ruderisch; two sons, Paul of Kissimmee, Fla., and Peter of Hamburg; two sisters, Eleanor Conrad of Hamburg and Patricia Kast of Batavia, Ohio; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg. Prayers will be said at 11:30 in Donald M. Demmerly Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery.


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