Louis R. Colafranceschi, of Hamburg, died Saturday in the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 74.
Born in Bath, Pa., he had lived in this area since childhood. He was a 1948 graduate of Woodlawn High School and attended locksmith and computer schools.
A sergeant with the Army military police during the Korean War, he served as chief of military police in Panmunjon, Korea.
During his career, Mr. Colafranceschi worked several jobs, including as an order detailer at Bethlehem Steel; a butcher at Cola's Supermarket; a heavy-equipment operator for Olivieri & Sons; and a driver for Bluebird Bus Co. He retired in 1995.
A parishioner at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, he was a member of Post 527, American Legion, in Hamburg and the Lake Erie Italian Club.
His wife, Rita S. Schintzius Colafranceschi, died in 1998.
Survivors include a sister, Jenny Bus of Blasdell, and a brother, Al of The Villages, Fla.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg, after prayers at 9 in Lombardo Funeral Home, 3060 Abbott Road. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.