Richard M. Howell, a former Union Carbide worker, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his camp in Belfast. He was 79.
A native of Bristol, he attended rural schools in Allegany County, including Belfast High School.
During World War II, he served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division from 1943 to 1945 in Europe.
He retired from Linde Division of Union Carbide Corp., Town of Tonawanda, in 1987, after 33 years of service. He worked his last 20 years there as a utility man in Building 70.
He was an avid NASCAR fan and also enjoyed hunting and spending time at his camp.
He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in the City of Tonawanda.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Lois Hanes; two daughters, Bonnie of Middlesex, and Debra Buddenhagen of Stanley; a son, Paul of North Tonawanda; two brothers, Gordon of Hunt and Victor of Friendship; a sister, Mildred Granger of North Carolina; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., North Tonawanda. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.