Dr. Daniel R. Pautler, an Alden town justice, champion marksman and retired chiropractor, died Monday in Sisters Hospital. He was 81.
A lifelong resident of Alden, Dr. Pautler was a graduate of the University of Buffalo and Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific as a flight engineer aboard B-29 bombers. He was a member of Post 1377, American Legion, and Post 7967, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Dr. Pautler had a private chiropractic practice in Alden for 38 years, retiring in 1988.
A town justice since 1988, his current term was to expire in December 2009. He was a member of the Erie County and New York State magistrates associations, and the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County.
Dr. Pautler also was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
His interests included flying planes and golfing, and he was a champion trap shooter. He won numerous trophies and awards -- including the New York State championship -- during 40 years of competitive shooting.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Josephine Amend; two sons, Daniel C. and James; and a daughter, Patricia Wawrzyniak.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. John the Baptist Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden.