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John C. Scholterer, chemist, executive July 24, 1929 -- Feb. 13, 2006

John C. Scholterer, a chemist and longtime executive of a Buffalo plating company, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 76.

Mr. Scholterer worked for 56 years, until his death, for Key Tech Finishing, formerly Keystone Corp. and before that Keystone Chromium, which specializes in commercial and industrial electroplating and metal finishing at its Niagara Street plant.

Born in Geneva, he attended St. Vincent de Paul School and graduated from Bennett High School in 1947. In 1949, he received a degree in industrial chemistry as a member of the first graduating class of the Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Buffalo, which 11 years later was renamed Erie Community College.

He joined Keystone Chromium as a chemist in 1950. Over the years he held various positions, including assistant secretary and technical representative and -- from the 1970s to the 1990s -- vice president of sales. In 2000, he became a company consultant.

Mr. Scholterer was a member of the American Electroplaters and American Metal Finishers societies and was chairman of the former group's 1971 convention in Buffalo, which drew 1,200 members from around the world. He was also a member of the American Society for Metals.

He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church -- now the Montante Cultural Center -- until 1960. He and Janet Corbin were married in 1954. They lived in Eggertsville until 1990, when they moved to Clarence Center.

Mr. Scholterer was a member of the Army Reserve's 277th Quartermaster Company and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Clarence.

Surviving, besides his wife, are two daughters, Susan A. of Kenmore and Karen S. Willard of Snyder; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Peace Church after prayers in Amigone Funeral Home, Clarence. Burial was in United German & French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.


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