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Daniel G. Ransom, retired president of Hengerer’s department store

May 26, 1929 – July 18, 2016

Daniel G. Ransom, former president of the Wm. Hengerer Co. department store, died Monday in Fox Run Health Care Facility in Orchard Park. He was 87.

Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Mr. Ransom received a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Ohio Wesleyan University. He then joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1951 to 1953.

He moved to Buffalo in 1968 and was president of Hengerer’s from 1969 to 1978.

He received the Buffalo Evening News Outstanding Citizen Award in 1975 and the University at Buffalo School of Management Niagara Frontier Executive of the Year Award in 1976. He was also awarded the U.S. Department of Interior Environmental Award.

Mr. Ransom was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank, a member of the board of directors of Marine Midland Bank, president of the Retail Merchants Association, trustee and vice chair of Buffalo General Hospital, a member of the House of Delegates for the United Way, a trustee for WNED radio and television and chairman of the Orchard Park Historical Preservation Board.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth C. Birch, and daughter, Melissa Nicosia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

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