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John C. Elberson, auto mechanic, avid motorcyclist

June 10, 1923 - May 5, 2014

John C. Elberson, of Cheektowaga, a World War II veteran, longtime automobile mechanic and avid motorcyclist, died Monday in Weinberg Campus, Getzville, after a brief illness. He was 90.

Born in Buffalo, he was a decorated Navy combat veteran, serving as torpedoman second class on the USS Bowers. He was recipient of the Pacific Theater Bronze Medal and Victory Medal, with battle stars for service at Leyte Gulf and Okinawa.

After the war, Mr. Alberson started his career as an auto mechanic for Glenn Campbell Chevrolet in 1951. He retired in 1988 and continued working part time at the dealership until he was 85.

An avid motorcyclist, he rode cross-country twice. He was a member of Regent Riders Motorcycle Club since 1960s.

Mr. Elberson rode his Harley-Davidson until he was 89 years old. He was a member of Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

His wife of 52 years, Marion J. Hartke Elberson, died in 1999.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas and Charles; a daughter, Karen; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd.

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