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DEC. 22, 1921 -- JULY 24, 2004

Robert F. Guenot Sr. of Grand Island, a retired lab operator, died Saturday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. He was 82.

He worked at the former Durez Plastic Corp. in North Tonawanda for 27 years as a lab operator. He retired in 1981 and moved to his hometown, Karthaus, Pa., then moved to Grand Island a year ago.

During World War II, Mr. Guenot served overseas with the 82nd, the 101st and 13th Airborne Divisions of the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He was a member of the Durez Mechanics Club and the Oxy-Chem Retirees Club. In Karthaus, he was a past president of the Lions Club and a member of the Holy Name Society and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He enjoyed hunting, golf and travel.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Opal Richard; three sons, Robert F. Jr. of New Jersey, and Richard W. and Terence L., both of Grand Island; two brothers, Duane of Pine Green, Pa., and Herman of Somerville, Fla.; a sister, Viola of Erie, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in SS. John & Paul Catholic Church in Karthaus. Burial will be in Keewyden Cemetery, in Keewyden, Pa.


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