Dec. 30, 1926 – Nov. 22, 2013
William J. Dengler, the founder of a local funeral home and World War II veteran, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 86.
Mr. Dengler, an Amherst resident, started the Dengler Funeral Home, which was first located on Leroy Avenue in Buffalo. Over the years, the business grew to seven locations throughout the Buffalo area – some of them known as Dengler Roberts Perna.
A native of Silver Creek, Mr. Dengler moved to Buffalo with his family when he was young. He attended Blessed Trinity School and graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1944.
Mr. Dengler was a Navy veteran of World War II, and based in Korea and China.
He married the former Joyce Smith, a Buffalo resident, in 1948. Also that year, he graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science and in 1951 launched the funeral business, from which he retired in 1988.
Mr. Dengler served as president of the Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association. He also served as commander of both AMVETS Post 49 and the Buffalo Rotary Club.
He enjoyed tennis and sailing, and owned a sailboat, the “Escapade.”
He and his wife lived in Amherst while raising their family, then moved to the Buffalo waterfront for several years before returning to Amherst.
Mr. Dengler was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Eggertsville, his parish of many years. In recent years, he worshipped in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, survivors include five sons, William J. Jr., Daniel J., David J., George S. and John S.; three daughters, Betsy Tilis, Bonnie Kurosko and Wendy Glauber; a sister, Joan Linde; and 19 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Benedict’s Church, Main Street and Eggert Road, Eggerstville.