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Richard A. Schultz, a chemical engineer, died unexpectedly Saturday (May 17, 2003) in his Kenmore home. He was 62.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Schultz attended Canisius College and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit and a master's degree from Arizona State University. He lived in Kenmore for the past 34 years.

He began working as a chemical engineer for Frontier Chemical in 1968 and was president of the company when it closed in 1986. He then formed his own company, Sterling Environmental of Amherst, and was president until his retirement in 1988.

A competitive weight lifter and dedicated health enthusiast, Schultz was a member of the Civil Air Defense and the Chemical Engineering Society.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Helen Messer; a daughter, Mary Claire of the City of Tonawanda; three sons, Frank of Cheektowaga and Matthew and Michael, both of Kenmore; a sister, Jacqueline Limoncelli of Amherst; a brother, Thomas of Yulee, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Catholic Church, Delaware Avenue and Victoria Boulevard, Kenmore. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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