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John G. Lasher, Air Force staff sergeant
Dec. 16, 1949 -- Feb. 16, 2006

John G. Lasher, a retired Air Force staff sergeant and bus driver, died Thursday in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center after a long struggle with myotonic muscular dystrophy. He was 56.

A native of Edgewater, N.J., he graduated from Leonia (N.J.) High School and joined the Air Force for what turned out to be a 20-year career.

He served in Vietnam and many other locations both stateside and overseas, with his last posting in Germany.

He retired July 1, 1989, and joined Rides Unlimited of Niagara as a driver, a job he held until his illness made it impossible for him to continue.

Before that, Mr. Lasher was a frequent road-tripper, driving cross-country several times and visiting most of the 50 states.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kathleen M.; a son, John F., and two daughters, Terri and Katrina, all of Sanborn; his mother, Anita A. Kelly of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a sister, Diane Felci of Lodi, N.J.; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Leo's Catholic Church, 2748 Military Road, Town of Niagara, following prayers at 9 a.m. in M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Riverdale Cemetery, Lewiston.


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