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LAWRENCE LEE TABER, DECORATED WW II VET

Lawrence Lee Taber, 78, of Amherst, died Saturday (July 26, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Wellsville, Taber retired as a dispatcher in the Amherst Highway Department in 1984 after 10 years of service.

Before working for the town, he was a letter carrier in Buffalo.

Until recently, he worked part time for the Amherst Youth Center and did volunteer work with the Audubon Cluster Newsletter.

An avid walker, he usually walked more than five miles a day and won a speed walking trophy from a local charity.

Taber was a decorated World War II veteran who served in the 134th Infantry, 35th Division, under Gen. George Patton.

While his unit fought its way through France, Taber was wounded in the leg by machine-gun fire as he helped repulse Germans from Allied lines. Three of his companions were killed. He recuperated in England, then rejoined his division in southern Germany just in time to cross the Rhine River.

He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Combat Badge and the New York State Silver Cross.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former Helen O'Donnell; five daughters, Janet Pahl of Buffalo, Carol Bantelman of Olean, Susan Wik of Dunkirk, and Beverly Rohloff and Geraldine Schaab, both of Amherst; two sons, Lawrence and Drew, both of Amherst; a brother, Eugene of Kenmore; 29 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Entombment will be in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Williamsville.

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