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EDWARD C. MEYER, DRIVER FOR GEN. PATTON IN WWII

Edward C. Meyer of Cheektowaga, who served as a driver for Gen. George Patton in World War II and was among the first Allied troops to see the Auschwitz death camp after its liberation, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2000) at his home after a long illness. He was 75.

Born in Buffalo, Meyer was a graduate of Emerson Vocational High School and Erie County Technical Institute. He served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 and reached the rank of sergeant.

He retired in 1985 after 37 years as an industrial engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corp.

He served as secretary of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Buffalo and was president of the Men's Club. He also served as secretary of the Lutheran Layman's League Branch and was a longtime president of the Aid Association for Lutherans branch. When Gethsemane closed in 1992, he joined St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cheektowaga.

He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Dorothy Kothe; two daughters, Linda Flick of Rochester and Marsha Barber of Depew; two brothers, Kenneth of Amherst and Allen of Orchard Park; a sister, Edna Gawryszewski of Fort Pierce, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Luke Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.

Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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