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Milford Casler, 95, retired South Buffalo pharmacist who was an expert marksman and former Chautauqua County deputy sheriff, died Thursday (Jan. 21, 1999) in his daughter's West Seneca home after a long illness.

He was born in Dubois, Pa., and graduated from Jamestown High School. He graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 1924.

Casler served in Company E of the 174th Infantry, National Guard, in Jamestown from 1921-1931, attaining the rank of sergeant and a national reputation as an expert marksman in pistol and rifle competitions. He represented the National Guard in state and national competitions, winning several medals and awards. He also served as an instructor.

He was a deputy sheriff and worked in Jamestown and Hamburg pharmacies before moving to Buffalo in 1937 when he was named manager of the Parson & Judd Pharmacy at South Park Avenue and Lockwood Street. He remained with the now defunct operation for 44 years, retiring in 1981 at age 78.

After retirement, he continued to work part time in another pharmacy.

He built model trains and enjoyed riding trains throughout the United States, Japan and Europe.

His wife of 57 years, the former Margaret Awald, died in 1988.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Jane Schack of West Seneca; a brother, Alonzo of Jamestown; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Monday in Charles F. McMahon Funeral Home, 982 Abbott Road, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.


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