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Richard N. Andrews, conductor of the Cheektowaga Senior Citizens Orchestra for 10 years and an Army veteran of World War II, died Monday (Oct. 13, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a short illness. He was 81.

Andrews, a native of Bainbridge, Ga., performed with the 41st Engineers Band, which was honored for its work with civilians on Corsica in 1944. For his efforts, Andrews, who arranged and wrote several songs while in the military, received a letter of commendation.

After his military service, Andrews moved to the Buffalo area and was an employee of Ford Motor Co. for 20 years and later the post office. He retired from the post office after 15 years of service.

Andrews also was a president of the Linwood Association and a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a member of Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, the former Malva T. Robbins; a son, Paul, both of Cheektowaga; two stepsons, Ron Belknap of Tampa, Fla., and Mark Belknap of Victoria, Texas.

Services will be held at noon Friday in Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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