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Arthur A. Bugenhagen of Eden, a retired maintenance superintendent, died Tuesday at home after a long illness. He was 68.

The Eden native was a graduate of Eden Central High School.

He started working for Paul Riefler Inc. right after high school, driving a truck and delivering coal. He retired as superintendent of maintenance from that company's successor, Riefler Concrete, in 2000 after 45 years of service.

Mr. Bugenhagen, known as Butch, had been a member of the Eden Emergency Squad since 1977. A past rescue captain, at the time of his death he was vice president of the squad.

Owner of an antique tractor, he was a member of the John Deere Two-Cylinder Club.

He also had been a 4-H leader for 18 years and worked at the 4-H dairy barn for the past 20 years at the Erie County Fair.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Lou Lillie Bugenhagen; three sons, Edward, James and Daniel, all of Eden; two sisters, Sue Rockwood and Ann, both of Hamburg; a brother, Alfred Jr. of Albany; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Eden United Methodist Church, 2780 E. Church St. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Eden.


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