Richard S. Juda Sr., a former police officer, died unexpectedly Saturday in his East Otto summer home. He was 71.
Mr. Juda was a lifelong resident of Lackawanna. He graduated from Lackawanna Senior High School, earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from Erie Community College and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Buffalo State College.
He served as a Marine sergeant during the Korean War.
Mr. Juda was a patrolman and detective on the Lackawanna police force from 1961 to 1992. He was active in the Police Benevolent Association, serving several years as treasurer.
He received an FBI commendation in 1975 and an Erie County Legislature commendation in 1992 for outstanding dedication and performance as a police officer. He also patrolled the halls of Lackawanna Senior High School and later taught there as a substitute teacher.
After retiring, Mr. Juda was active at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church as a member of the choir, mission, ushers club and Holy Name Society, which he served as president.
He served four times as commandant of Bett-Toomey Detachment, Marine Corps League, where he won several honors in rifle and pistol matches and was voted Marine of the Year and Man of the Year. He was an active member of Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, and Col. John B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Alice Wnuk of Lackawanna; a daughter, Mary Eileen Cadigan of Brewster; four sons, James of Lancaster, Richard Jr. of Hamburg, Stephen of Clarence and David of Lackawanna; two brothers, John of Cheektowaga and Daniel of Rochester; and 10 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Orchard Park. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.