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Richard D. Dux, veteran, volunteer, Moog engineer, nursing home director
Oct. 12, 1924 -- June 30, 2007

Even after he retired, Richard D. Dux, a longtime Cheektowaga resident, declined to sit, preferring to keep active until ill health slowed him at age 80.

Mr. Dux died June 30 in San Diego at the home of his daughter, Maureen. He was 82.

The Buffalo native had a promising career as a pitcher in minor league baseball until he enlisted in the Navy in 1944 during World War II. He was stationed in Guam and Saipan until he was discharged in 1946. He re-enlisted in 1950 during the Korean War and was based in San Diego.

Upon completing his military service, Mr. Dux built his brick home on Vegola Avenue in Cheektowaga, where he resided for more than 50 years.

From the 1960s through the 1970s, Dux was employed as an engineer at Moog, and he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe for his job. He left Moog in the late 1980s to become director of operations at Presbyterian Nursing Home in Williamsville. He retired in 1994 after hip replacement surgery.

However, much to the chagrin of his children, Mr. Dux was back at work soon after recovering from surgery. He took on several part-time and full-time jobs, including as a deliveryman transporting blood products for the Greater Buffalo American Red Cross, and driving for a private company transferring disabled patients from their homes to appointments at doctors' offices and medical centers.

Mr. Dux was a longtime member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, where he worked the bingo games on Friday nights for many years. He also regularly donated blood to the American Red Cross.

He also was involved in many community programs, including helping to raise funds for Catholic Charities.

In addition to his daughter Maureen, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Joan Marie Pacholczak; two other daughters, Sandra Gullo and Michelle Tufillaro; two sons, Darryl and Richard J.; and a brother, Frank Jr.

A memorial Mass is planned for 7 a.m. Jan. 27, 2008, in the old chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church.

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