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John L. Post Jr., retired correctional officer

Nov. 7,1947 - July 5, 2016

John L. Post Jr. of Elma, farmer, Army National Guard retiree, businessman and sportsman, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 68.

A graduate of Iroquois High School, he studied at Concordia College in Chicago and graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree.

Mr. Post worked as a teacher at Kensington High School before joining the Army National Guard, serving for 34 years before retiring in 2004 with the rank of master sergeant. During the Persian Gulf War years, he was deployed to New York City following 9/11 and also based at Fort Benning, Ga., where he trained troops for combat operations.

He owned and operated a remodeling business for more than 30 years and was known for his craftsmanship.

At the age of 52 in 1992, Mr. Post graduated from the New York State Department of Corrections academy and then worked as a corrections officer for 14 years, most recently at Wyoming County Correctional Facility.

He also owned a family farm in Elma for more than 40 years, raising livestock and gardening.

An avid sportsman and outdoorsman, he enjoyed motorcycle riding and hunting.

He was a life member of the Elma Conservation Club and life member of the NRA. He also served as president of the Legion Riders Southern Tier Chapter Post 567, and was a member of American Legion Post 567, SCOPE, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and Buffalo Rifle and Revolver Club.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, the former Marian Kolodziejczak; two sons, John L. III and Aaron J.; one daughter, Laura Lee; two stepchildren, Barry and Melanie Morris; and three sisters, Thelma Hudson, Joanne Ophardt and Suzanne Struckmann.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Trinity Lutheran Church, 146 Reserve Road, West Seneca.

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