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Services for Rolf H. Ruckh, 81, of Williamsville, founder of Ruckh Dental Labs, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Snyder.

Ruckh, a native of Ulm, Germany, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda.

He graduated from dental school in Germany and was in the German army medical corps during World War II. After the war, he came to Buffalo and established his dental laboratory, which eventually employed 45 people. He retired in 1985.

Ruckh was an active member of Schlaraffia Bisonia, a German club, where he was known as "Palatinus."

He enjoyed playing the piano and cello for friends and traveled back to Germany regularly to visit friends and family.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Lawrence of Austin, Texas, and Linda Bowers of Gainesville, Fla.; a son, Peter of Youngstown; a sister, Martha Maier of Ulm; his loving companion and friend, Gisela Driscoll; and six grandchildren.

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