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Duane C. Holts, 77, of Chaffee, a parts manager at Tri-County Ford in Arcade since 1954, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, after a brief illness.

Born in Machias, he was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

Holts was an active member of St. Jude's Catholic Church in Sardinia. He was a Eucharistic minister and member of the Holy Name Society.

He also was a member of the Arcade and state Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Loyal Order of Moose in Gowanda, the Knights of Columbus in Yorkshire and the Chaffee-Sardinia Senior Citizens.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Arlene Smith; a son, Brian of Arcade; three daughters, Susan Wexler of Houston, Joyce of Springville and Denise of Franklinville; a sister, Elaine Kile of Yorkshire; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Jude's Church on Genesee Road in Sardinia. Burial will be in Sardinia Cemetery.

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