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Charles S. Oliver, 83, of Snyder, a retired executive with Oliver Gear & Machine Corp., died Tuesday (Oct. 21, 1997) in Heathwood Health Care Center, Williamsville, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Chaffee, he attended Monroe High School in Rochester and the University of Buffalo's Millard Fillmore College.

In 1938, he joined Oliver Gear, which was owned by his uncle, as a mechanical engineer. He was vice president in charge of sales when he retired in 1973.

He was a life member, chaplain and past president of the Snyder Volunteer Fire Department. He served as chaplain of the Amherst Fire Council and was a member of the Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Association.

He also served as secretary of the Amherst South Rotary Club and was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association.

He also was active in Kenmore Fidelity Lodge 795, IOOF; Queen City Christopher G. Fox Lodge 358, F&AM; and Ismailia Shrine Temple. He also was an avid bowler.

His wife of 59 years, the former Pauline Sterling, died Jan. 23.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur of Cincinnati, and Jon and Thomas, both of Snyder; a daughter, Jane Sorensen of Snyder; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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