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Harry A. Emke, 80, of Ashford Road, former grocery store operator and a longtime town justice, died Friday (Jan. 21, 2000) at his home following a brief illness.

Emke was born in Cattaraugus and was a graduate of Cattaraugus High School.

Starting in the grocery business as co-owner of a Red and White store in a partnership with his father-in-law, Zeke Slating, he opened Emke's Food Shop in 1963. He retired from Quality Markets in 1982.

Emke had been an Ellicottville town justice since 1986.

He was a member of the State Magistrates Association and past member of the Holiday Valley Men's Golf Association. He also was a member of Ellicottville's Masonic Lodge, Lions Club, Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce.

He had served on the Ellicottville Youth Commission and was a past patron of the Eastern Star. He was a social member of the American Legion Post 659.

Emke was an avid baseball player, playing and later acting as player manager on the Ellicottville town team in the Buffalo News Suburban League. He also enjoyed bowling and bowled in several area leagues.

A member of the United Church of Ellicottville (Presbyterian U.S.A.), he was an ordained elder and also a lay speaker.

He married Elizabeth "Betty" Slating in 1940; she died in 1984.

He is survived by two sons, Robert of Tonawanda and J. Richard of Great Valley; two daughters, Nancy Rogan and Paula Ayrhart; a sister, Helen Evans of East Otto; a brother, Reinhold Emke of Otto; eight grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in United Church of Ellicottville, 53 Elizabeth St. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, Ellicottville.


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