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Howard E. Minick, 77, a World War II combat infantryman and a retired punch press operator, died Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2001) in his Amherst home after a long illness.

He was a native of Elmira and had lived in the Buffalo area for 70 years.

He served in the Army in Italy and North Africa, then worked for Spaulding Fibre Co. in the City of Tonawanda for 44 years until his retirement in 1989.

He enjoyed carpentry, puzzles and repairing small engines.

Survivors include his wife, the former Victoria A. Piotrowski; four daughters, Marlene Pridgeon, Janice Ptak and Kathleen McCrea, all of Amherst, and Janet McCullough of North Tonawanda; a sister, Mary Barenthaler of Florida; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Dengler Funeral Home, 2070 Eggert Road, Amherst.

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