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JULY 8, 1936 -- APRIL 27, 2005

Richard F. Krautsack of Blasdell, a retired Town of Hamburg employee, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 68.

A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Krautsack had worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. from 1953 to 1970; as a mechanic and bus driver for Frontier Central Schools from 1957 to 1980; and as a driver and heavy-equipment operator for the Town of Hamburg Highway Department from 1980 until his retirement in 1997.

A member of the Army Reserve, he was a lifetime exempt member of Big Tree Fire Company; a member of Post 527, American Legion; and a founder of Hamburg Snowmobile Club.

He was a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Woodlawn and a member of its Holy Name Society.

His wife, the former Judith Smith, said, "He was the most loving person and helpful guy that ever lived."

Other survivors include two sons, Richard of Blasdell and Randall of Hamburg; a sister, Mary Lou Seedorf of North Tonawanda; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Grace Church, 3319 Lake Shore Road, Woodlawn, after prayers at 8:45 in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road. Entombment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.


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