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Donald E. Greiner, leader in bowling industry
March 8, 1933 -- Feb. 10, 2006

A memorial Mass for Donald E. Greiner, a leader in the bowling industry, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Greiner, owner of Broadway Sports Center, Southgate Lanes and King Pin Enterprises, died of cancer Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 72.

A native of Buffalo, he graduated from Canisius High School. Before joining the Navy, he attended Canisius College, where he majored in accounting. After receiving his Navy commission, he transferred to the Marine Corps, where he was a warrant officer fourth class and flew helicopters from 1954 to 1957.

Mr. Greiner entered the bowling industry as a minority stockholder in Broadway Sports Center, which was built in 1957 by his parents, Edward and Marie Greiner. He graduated from AMF Mechanics School and Brunswick Bowling Management School.

In 1965, the family established Broadway Recreational Vehicles, which became King Pin Enterprises -- a real estate holding company and wholesale bowling supply distributor with sales operations across the nation. The company's headquarters and warehouse are in Cheektowaga.

Mr. Greiner, who lived in Cheektowaga, bought Medina Lanes in Medina in 1971, purchased Broadway Sports Center from his parents two years later and in 1974 acquired Southgate Lanes.

He was a member of the Bowling Association of Western New York for 61 years, including four years as its executive director, and was executive vice president of the New York State Bowling Proprietors Association for two years.

Mr. Greiner served in the Army Reserve at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, where he piloted fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Surviving are his wife, Alice Helbig Greiner; three daughters, Debbie LePore and Brenda Donner, both of Buffalo, and Laura Sabers of Dublin, Ohio; three sons, Craig of Jamestown and Brian and Terence, both of Buffalo; and 10 grandchildren.


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