Edwin W. Rieg, a retired machine repairman, died Sunday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 85.
Born in Buffalo, he attended public schools and graduated from Technical High School.
Mr. Rieg served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and saw action in Europe, including D-Day. He was responsible for operating and maintaining gas and diesel generators and achieved the rank of technician fifth grade.
From 1946 until he retired in 1982, Mr. Rieg was a machine repairman at Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg.
He was a member of Pvt. Leonard J. Post Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed boating at Evans Town Park.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Kinney Rieg; four daughters, Beth Johnson of Bartlett, Ill., Linda Goodrich of Orchard Park, Christine Pessagno of Gates and Sandra Youhess of Eden; a stepdaughter, Susan Crummet of Lancaster; a stepson, David Frye of Cheektowaga; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 2049 George Urban Blvd., Depew, after prayers at 9:30 in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Boulevard. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.