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George H. McCroskey, 75, a former state commander of the Disabled American Veterans, died Sunday (Oct. 13, 1996) in Westfield Memorial Hospital.

McCroskey, who had formerly lived in Forestville and Angola, was a resident of Westfield Health Care Center.

He retired from the former Ballark Oldsmobile dealership in Lackawanna, where he worked in the collision department and was a painter.

A Fredonia High School graduate, he served in Europe, Africa and the Middle East during World War II.

McCroskey was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, having been in the organization for more than 40 years. He was the 50th-anniversary commander in 1972-73 and served as deputy chief of staff in 1984-85.

He was a founding member of Hanover Township Chapter 177, Disabled American Veterans, and was responsible for starting three chapters while he was state commander.

McCroskey was a past member of the former Hamburg Chapter 135, Disabled American Veterans. He also was a member of Hamburg Post 517, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He attended Forestville United Methodist Church.

He was an exempt member of Lake View Volunteer Fire Department.

McCroskey enjoyed gardening, flowers, coin collecting, hunting and fishing.

He was married for 40 years to Louise Heinz McCroskey, who died in 1986. His second wife, Martha Wood McCroskey, died in 1990.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Clark of Angola; a son, George V. of Silver Creek; two stepdaughters, Linda Andrews of Forestville and Sheila Banner of Florida; a stepson, Douglas Hallmark of Silver Creek; two sisters, Josephine Feighner of Stillwater, Okla., and Edith Eileen Robertson of Coffeyville, Kan.; two brothers, Eugene of Stillwater and Robert of Bethany, Okla.; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and three stepgreat-granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Riles Funeral Home, 39 Main St., Forestville. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Angola.[nbrde]

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