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Craig A. Koeppel, worked for Buffalo school district

July 27, 1955 – Dec. 10, 2015

Craig A. Koeppel of Buffalo, former director of purchase for the Buffalo school system, died Dec. 10 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 60.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1973 graduate of Sweet Home High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Buffalo State College in 1977.

Mr. Koeppel was a statistician for BlueCross BlueShield from 1982 to 1987, then became the company’s manager of procurement and facilities operations. From 2001 to 2004, he was purchasing agent for First Niagara Bank, then was appointed procurement manager for Heritage Centers. He joined the Buffalo schools in 2010 and oversaw all purchases for the district. He retired from that post in March.

He was a member of the Purchasing Management Association, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Western New York, the Western New York Postal Customer Council and the New York State Association of Municipal Purchasing Officials.

He managed a basketball team at Kenmore Council Knights of Columbus and was a dedicated Red Cross blood donor, giving 17 gallons of blood. He also was an apheresis donor for the Red Cross.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, the former Susan Ferris; two daughters, Leah and Ellen; and two brothers, Gary and Glenn.

Services were held Tuesday in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle.

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