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A funeral service for Richard E. Craddock, 71, a longtime volunteer firefighter who died Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2001) in Mercy Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility after a short illness, will be held at noon today.

The Orchard Park resident had worked for 38 years as a boiler maker at Republic Steel.

Craddock served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 to 1954 and was assigned to the Air Force to help build air fields both in the United States and in France.

He was a life member and past president of the Windom Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of the Southwestern Volunteer Firemen's Association, Empire State Rescue Association, Western New York Fire Police Association, Erie County Volunteer Firemen's Association and of the American Legion.

Craddock's hobbies were camping and bowling.

Surviving are his wife, the former Evelyn Campbell; five daughters, Dorene Langille at home, Amy Nance of Cheektowaga, Sharon of Orchard Park, Robin of Buffalo, and Dawn of Curriers; a son, John of Hamburg; two sisters, Carline Kornetka of Buffalo and Nora Fenzel of South Wales; two brothers, Roy of Florida and Alan of Grand Island; and three grandchildren.

The service will be held at the Lombardo Funeral Home Southtowns Chapel, 3060 Abbott Rd. with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Hamburg.


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