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Richard Abraham, General Mills retiree
July 4, 1944 -- Nov. 13, 2005

Richard Abraham, a General Mills retiree and a longtime Boy Scout leader, died Nov. 13 in Edwards Hospital in Naperville, Ill., following complications from diabetes. He was 61.

A native of Orchard Park, he graduated from Orchard Park High School. He also attended Chamberlain Junior College in Boston and later served in the Army.

In 1987, General Mills transferred him from its Buffalo plant to one in St. Charles, Ill., where he worked until retiring in 1999. He then moved to Springville, where he worked briefly at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital.

He was active in the Boy Scouts in Troop 240 in Orchard Park; Troop 12 in Batavia, Ill.; and most recently as Scout Master of Troop 524 in Springville. He also served on the Two Rivers Council in Illinois.

Before moving to Illinois, Mr. Abraham was an Orchard Park volunteer firefighter. He also was active with Junior Achievement, the Boys and Girls Clubs and Southtowns BMX Race Track. He recently was chairman of the Allegany Firetower Restoration Committee at Allegany State Park.

Survivors include his former wife, Sharon of Poplar Grove, Ill.; a daughter, Tammy Barvian of Illinois; three sons, Tim of New Hampshire and Tom and John, both of Illinois; his father, Frederick of Springville; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held last year in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church.


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