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Lester A. Millis, a retired Niagara County sheriff's deputy, died Sunday (Dec. 21, 1997) in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was 80.

Millis, who lived on Lockport-Olcott Road, was born in Elba and moved to the Olcott area in 1934.

He attended Canton State College of Agriculture and Technology and St. Lawrence University, earning degrees in criminal justice.

During World War II, Millis was a foreman at Harrison Radiator Division, General Motors Corp., Lockport. After the war, he was employed in security at Bell Aircraft Co., Wheatfield, and held the position of lieutenant in supervision. He also became a deputy after the war and retired in the 1960s.

He and his wife, the former Rosalee Clark, owned and operated the former Newfane Surplus Store from 1961 to 1979. Mrs. Millis died in 1986.

A member of the Olcott Lions Club, Millis served on the organizing committees for the Polar Bear Swim and the Olcott Soup Kitchen. He was also a member of the Olcott Harbor Board of Trade and an exempt member of Olcott Fire Company.

Millis enjoyed golf and traveling. He also coached Little League baseball in Olcott during the 1950s and 1960s.

Survivors include two daughters, Rosalee "Florie" Dragon of Newfane and Cynthia "Cammie" Kubatek of Morehead City, N.C.; a son, Michael; a brother, Harold of Las Vegas; two sisters, Violet Vail of Chino Valley, Ariz., and Vannie Besaw of Batavia; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, 2670 Main St., Newfane. Burial will be in Corwin Cemetery, Newfane.


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