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Richard W. Bauchle, 73, a retired telephone company foreman and Navy veteran, died Saturday (Feb. 3, 2001) in his Amherst home after a long illness.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he moved to Buffalo as a child. He attended School 81 and was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School.

Bauchle joined the Navy in 1945 and served as a radioman for eight years, including service during the Korean War. After he left active duty, he joined the Naval Reserve and served for 17 years, retiring as a chief petty officer.

An employee of New York Telephone and later AT&T, Bauchle retired in 1984 after 30 years as a service foreman.

He had been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity since it was established in Buffalo and served as a docent at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Bauchle was a life member of Crosby Post 2472, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the USS Grand Canyon Association; the USS Spokane Association; and the Cruiser Sailors Association. He was a member of the Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Association and the Telephone Pioneers of America.

He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

His first wife, Alyce, died in 1976.

Surviving are his second wife, Janice Heller Bauchle; a son, Paul of Lancaster; three stepsons, Phillip Montana of Schenectady, Mark Kreuder of the Town of Tonawanda and Thomas Kreuder of Hamburg; a stepdaughter, Terri Yaw of Indian Falls; a brother, Albert of Winter Springs, Fla.; and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Entombment will be in Birchwood Mausoleum of Forest Lawn.


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