William E. Tutwiler, a retired National Fuel general manager, died Oct. 8 in his Kenmore home. He was 88.
Mr. Tutwiler was born in Carbon Hill, Ala., where he attended local schools. He moved to Buffalo in 1941.
One year later, he married Flora Payne and then joined the Army Air Forces.
Mr. Tutwiler was stationed stateside at Keesler Field in Mississippi during World War II. He was discharged from the military in 1945 and returned to Buffalo, where he went to work at Republic Steel Corp.
In 1949, he started a long career in the gas industry when he joined Republic Heat & Power Co. in the company's construction department.
Four years later, Mr. Tutwiler was promoted to assistant to the superintendent, one of a number of positions he held in the utility's operating divisions.
He stayed with the utility as Republic Heat & Power became Iroquois Gas and, eventually, National Fuel.
In 1977, he was promoted to general manager of the energy services division and was transferred to National Fuel headquarters in Buffalo. He retired in 1983.
Mr. Tutwiler was active in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Chambers of Commerce, and the Niagara Club. He served on the board of the YMCA.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing golf. He was a member of Tan Tara Golf Club.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Penelope Giambra and Pamela Haug, and a son, Gerald W.