Edward Kastner of Elma, a retired aviation mechanic and World War II veteran, died Oct. 10 in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 82.
Born in West Seneca, he moved to Elma as a boy and was a graduate of East Aurora High School.
He was an Army Air Forces pilot during World War II.
For about 50 years until his retirement around 2000, Mr. Kastner worked as an aviation mechanic at Buffalo Air Park, where he headed the aircraft shop maintenance department. He also worked as an aviation mechanic in the Southwest in the 1960s and flew crop-dusting planes.
His work earned him the Charles Taylor Award from the Federal Aviation Administration for 50 years of service to the aviation industry.
Mr. Kastner was a longtime deer hunter and enjoyed vegetable gardening.
Survivors include two sisters, Doris K. Coddington and Anne H. Stradtman, both of Elma.
Services are private.