LEWISTON Royce E. Pifer, a retired Occidental Chemical Corp. supervisor who was active in his church, died Sunday after a long illness in the home he built himself in 1952. He was 86.
Born in Reynoldsville, Pa., where he attended school, he moved to Niagara Falls in 1940 and got a job at Niagara Alkali Co., part of Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp., which later was acquired by Occidental.
During 40 years at the company, Mr. Pifer rose to become a powerhouse supervisor. He completed training courses in electrical technology and maintenance, power distribution and supervisor skills.
He was an elder and trustee of First Presbyterian Church. He also was treasurer of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship.
Mr. Pifer was a member of Upper Mountain Fire Company for 42 years, serving as chaplain, fire police officer and fund-raiser.
He and his wife of 64 years, the former Dorothy Reed, traveled extensively through the Funtastic Travel Club, visiting Europe, Australia, Alaska and Israel. They visited Virginia Beach, Va., every year. He also hunted every fall on land owned by his son, Royce R., in Bath.
Mr. Pifer enjoyed reading and completed the newspaper crossword puzzle every day.
In addition to his wife and son, survivors include four daughters, Carol Dick of Herndon, Va., Bonnie Rutledge of Lewiston, Janet Livingston of Youngstown and Sharon Rugg of Ransomville; two sisters, Faye McGarry and Ruth Reiter, both of Pennsylvania; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St. Burial will be in North Ridge Cemetery, Cambria.