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Robert J. Ammerman, 70, of Amherst, a decorated Buffalo police lieutenant, died Monday (July 21, 1997) in Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. James Catholic Church, Bailey Avenue and Hastings Street, after prayers at 9 in Carlton Ullrich Funeral Home, 3272 Bailey Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Born in Buffalo, Ammerman was a city police officer for 29 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant and retiring in 1988. He received the Edward H. Butler Heroism Award in 1965 and the Mayor's Award for Distinguished Service in 1978.

Before that, he worked as a brakeman and clerk for 16 years with the New York Central Railroad.

Ammerman fought in Italy in World War II. He was a founder and past commander of Nelson V. Ammerman Post 324, AMVETS, named for his brother, who died during the war.

Ammerman was a member of St. James Church and enjoyed gardening. He was a Cub Scout leader of Pack 50 and was involved in boys baseball in the Kensington area.

Ammerman also served on the first board of directors of Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; five sons, Robert V. and Ramon, both of the Town of Tonawanda, Richard of Buffalo and Ronald and Randall, both of Cheektowaga; two sisters, Jeanne Dick of Buffalo and Rosemond Causley of Cheektowaga; and eight grandchildren.

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