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Paul R. Luedeke, 93, interior decorator and design artist
Jan. 15, 1915 -- Oct. 5, 2008

Paul R. Luedeke, who decorated some of Buffalo's leading households, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Luedeke attended School 9 and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1933. After attending Albright School of Art, he began painting portraits in oils and watercolors.

That led to work as a decorator and design artist at William H. Prentice Co. in 1941. During his years at the Franklin Street firm, he decorated the homes of prominent families, including the Knoxes, Goodyears and Depews.

After leaving Prentice in the 1950s, Mr. Luedeke was a salesman and interior designer for Daniel Warren, Suburban Furniture and Cape Cod Furniture. He operated Luedeke Interiors out of his Snyder home for many years.

He was a longtime member of the American Institute of Decorators and a collector of antiques and crafts. His hobbies included French history and the history of old Buffalo families, homes and architecture.

A service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Forest Lawn Chapel.


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