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William R. Erdley, active in community theater

May 23, 1934 – Sept. 12, 2016

William Robert “Bill” Erdley, of Eden, a retired auto worker who was active in community theater groups, died Monday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 82.

Born in Colver, Pa., he moved to Western New York after serving in the Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Erdley worked as an electrician for the Ford Stamping Plant in Woodlawn for 37 years.

He directed and starred in many productions for the Hamburg Little Theatre. He was best-known, however, for his role as Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha” with the Aurora Players.

A longtime member of the North Collins Wesleyan Church, he served as a deacon and brought a rich bass voice to the Worship Team and to solo performances.

He also was a member of Orchard Park Lodge 187 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Sally Hill; a son, Dr. W. Scott; two daughters, Heather Ohmit and Melissa Rockwell; a brother, Howard; a sister, Margaret Cochran; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday in North Collins Wesleyan Church, 10470 Bantle Road, North Collins.

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