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Donald E. Schuler, co-founder of Winfield Industries

Feb. 4, 1929 — March 8, 2016

Donald E. Schuler, a co-founder of Winfield Industries, died Tuesday at his Williamsville home. He was 87.

Born in Buffalo, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Canisius College in 1950, and earned his master’s in chemistry from Canisius two years later.

He served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 in the Medical Analysis Research Lab at the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Knox, Ky.

He was in the active reserves from 1954 to 1962.

Mr. Schuler was employed with Bethlehem Steel from 1950 to 1951; Dunlop Tire and Rubber Corp. from 1951 to 1962; and the Carborundum Co. from 1962 to 1963.

In 1963, he co-founded Winfield Industries on Kensington Avenue, a manufacturer of polyurethane and silicone rollers for digital imaging and medical and diagnostic imaging applications.

The company did work for Kodak and bridges that had polyurethane parts.

He also served as the company’s vice president of technology and vice president of manufacturing.

Mr. Schuler retired in 2001. In 2008, the company was acquired by Fenner Precision.

He was a member of several organizations, including the Western New York Rubber and Plastics Group and the American Chemical Society Rubber Division of Western New York, as well as its plastics division.

Mr. Schuler was head lector at St. Edmunds Catholic Church, City of Tonawanda, from 1965 to 1968, and area captain of Catholic Charities campaigns at St. Edmunds.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Janet Hasselbeck; seven daughters, Susan Feagans, Ann Peters, Patricia Sienkiewicz, Allison Pietrykowski, Megan Austin, Marie and Bridget; two sons, John and Joseph; two brothers, Robert H. and Richard; 15 grandchildren and a great grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.

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