John W. "Jack" Herb, a former sheet metal worker, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a lengthy illness. He was 74.
Born in Buffalo, he attended East High School and served in the Air Force for 1 1/2 years until 1951.
He worked for Bell Aircraft from 1951 to 1955, then was a journeyman sheet metal worker for Sheet Metal Workers Local 71 from 1955 to 1969, when he retired on disability due to a work injury.
Mr. Herb lived in Cheektowaga before raising his family for 15 years in Clarence. He spent several years in Hamburg, then the Town of Tonawanda, before settling in Amherst three years ago. For the past five years, he also wintered in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
He enjoyed woodworking and gardening and received a beautification award from the Town of Clarence while a resident there.
He is survived by his wife, the former Lucille J. Ballard; three daughters, Marsha Magnano of East Amherst, Michelle Ruggiero of Clarence Center and Bunnie Boreanaz of Getzville; three sons, Jack of Clarence Center, Brian of Port St. Lucie and Gary of Angola; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.