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Matthew B. Krzes, Air Force chief master sgt. Feb. 13, 1922 -- Feb. 23, 2006

Matthew B. Krzes, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant, died Thursday in Terrace Hospice House, Lakeland, Fla., after a battle with cancer. He was 84.

The Buffalo native moved to Florida from Kenmore about seven years ago.

He served 37 years in the Air Force and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was the first member of the 107th Technical Fighter Wing to obtain the rank of chief master sergeant.

Mr. Krzes was a member of Post 4, American Legion, in Lakeland and life member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

He was a member of St. Anthony Church, Lakeland.

Survivors include his wife, the former Irene Miller; a son, Edward of Middleburg Heights, Ohio; a step-son, Daniel Rikanovich of Lakeland; three daughters, Nancy Delbert of Buffalo, Shirley Sobus of Aurora, Colo., and Christine Teslow of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two brothers, Stephen of Springville and Casey of Grand Island; three sisters, Theresa Mytnik of Kenmore, Frances Mierzwa of Blasdell and Emily Sverdrup of Libby, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services, with military honors, will be held at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in Resurrection Mausoleum in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Cheektowaga. Entombment will be in the mausoleum.


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