Ronald C. LaVere Sr. of the Town of Hamburg, a retired manufacturing engineer, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 74.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Riverside High School and attended Erie Community College. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Mr. LaVere was a manufacturing engineer for Moog Inc., working on parts for the Stealth bomber. Earlier, he worked for Bell Aerosystems as an inspector on parts for the B-52 bomber, ran the inspection department at Taylor Devices and was a maintenance foreman at Carborundum Co. He retired in 1996.
He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was a fisherman.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Suzanne Ingalsbe; two sons, Ronald Jr. of East Amherst and Keith of Clarence; five daughters, Joan Gold of Buffalo, Janet Everson of Amherst, Joyce Masich of Sardinia, Jacqueline Leman of Tracy, Calif., and Jeanne Sebastian of Chicago; a brother, Robert G. of Universal City, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Williamsville. Burial was in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery.