David R. Mante, who worked at the General Motors Powertrain Plant, Town of Tonawanda, for 25 years, died Thursday in Elderwood at Oakwood, Williamsville, following a brief illness. He was 81.
Mr. Mante was born in Wheatfield and attended local schools.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Mr. Mante was a lifelong member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and helped build the church and school.
He was a charter member of Wheatfield Post, American Legion, and a member of Bergholz Fire Company for over 50 years. He was a past chief and held various other positions in the fire company.
Mr. Mante worked at Wurlitzer Company in North Tonawanda for 15 years, and then worked as a machine repairman at the Powertrain Plant, retiring in 1984.
Survivors include his wife, the former Lucille D. DiMarco; a son, Robert and a daughter, Sharon Chambos, both of Bergholz; a sister, Beulah Haag of Wheatfield; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Monday in DuBois Funeral Home, 2436 Niagara Road. Burial will be in Holy Ghost Lutheran Cemetery.