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Daniel J. Schmauss, business owner, active in community

Aug. 9, 1934 – May 21, 2015

Daniel Joseph Schmauss, CEO of Springville Manufacturing Co., died unexpectedly Thursday at his workplace in Springville. The East Aurora resident was 80.

A lifelong Western New Yorker, Schmauss was born in South Buffalo, raised in Kenmore, and lived in East Aurora for 50 years.

He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1952 and remained an active donor and avid booster of the school. He established the M.V. Schmauss Endowment Fund in memory of his wife, the former Ginger Riley, who died in 2005.

Mr. Schmauss graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1956. While at Penn, he was an active member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and enjoyed gathering with his “brothers” at reunions and family celebrations.

He was a lieutenant colonel in the Army ROTC and later served with the U.S. Army, including Infantry School, Officers Candidate School and Airborne Ranger School. He was honorably discharged in 1964 and continued in the Reserves for three years.

His business career started at National Gypsum, where he served as personnel manager and later quality control manager in Waukegan, Ill. In 1965, he joined Fisher-Price Toys in East Aurora. Mr. Schmauss held various upper management positions at Fisher-Price, including director and plant manager until he left in 1984 after 19 years.

In 1987, he acquired Springville Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Springville. Although he retired from his position as president and owner of the company, he remained active as CEO.

In addition to his professional career, he served his church and community throughout his life. As a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in East Aurora, he was a lector for 22 years, and he served on several committees, including the Parish Council (past president), Holy Name Society, fund drives, Social Committee, Catholic Charities (chairman) and Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Schmauss was a member and served on the board of directors of the East Aurora Country Club and was a member of its “Mulligans” group.

He was a member of the East Aurora and Springville chambers of commerce, as well as past president of both the East Aurora and Springville Kiwanis clubs dating back to 1978.

The Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora also held a special place in his heart. In addition to being a donor, Mr. Schmauss served on the board of directors in the 1970s and 1980s, was president in 1986, and served on the Advisory Board.

He is survived by three daughters, Katherine A. Grew, Patricia M. Pendleton and Elizabeth L. Riemer; two sons, Joseph G. II and Michael E.; and nine grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.

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