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Richard G. Crooks Sr., 62, an engineer and businessman, died Friday (March 27, 1998) in his Williamsville home after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Buffalo, Crooks earned a bachelor's degree in science from the University at Buffalo engineering department and a master's degree in mathematics from UB.

He worked as an engineer for 25 years at Western Electric.

In 1977, he co-founded a business in the development of computer-controlled engraving equipment. He was president of Wilcro Inc. in Buffalo at the time of his death.

Crooks was past president of the church council at Amherst Lutheran Church and was active in the church until his illness.

He had been married to Doris Willert Crooks for 35 years at the time of her death in 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Jr. of Getzville and Robert L. of North Tonawanda; two sisters, Marjorie Hark and Dora Graziano, both of the Town of Tonawanda; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Amherst Lutheran Church, 5125 Main St., Amherst. Burial will be in Williamsville Cemetery.[hjnes]

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