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AUGUST F. DYLIK, NATIONAL FUEL GAS RETIREE
AUG. 5, 1932 -- NOV. 20, 2004

August F. "Augie" Dylik, a retired linesman and pipefitter for National Fuel Gas and an Army veteran, died Saturday in his Blasdell home under hospice care. He was 72.

A Blasdell native, Mr. Dylik retired from National Fuel Gas in 1995 after a 36-year career. During his tenure, he earned technical training certification. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

An Army veteran, he rose to the rank of private first class.

Mr. Dylik was an active parishioner of Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, where he served as an usher.

He served as commander of the Harry H. Clifton Post, American Legion, where he was bingo co-chairman.

A graduate of Blasdell High School, Mr. Dylik was homecoming king and was an excellent shortstop on the school's baseball team. Scouted by the New York Yankees, he played for two years on the parent team's minor league affiliate in Batavia.

A collector of model trains and baseball cards, he also enjoyed tending his rose garden.

Survivors include his wife, the former Alberta "Bertie" Sermak; two daughters, Jeannie Zimmerman of Bonaire, Ga., and Michelle Hefner of Blasdell; four sons, Michael R. and Mark C., both of the Town of Hamburg, and James J. and Ronald P., both of Blasdell; one brother, James J. of Blasdell; three sisters, Gertrude Storm of Cheektowaga, Theresa Rojek of Blasdell and Bernice Gawlak of Alden; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Burial with military honors will be held in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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