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Frank Slish, Union Carbide retiree Feb. 11, 1924 -- Sept. 8, 2005

Frank Slish of Grand Island, a retired Union Carbide employee, died Sept. 8 in Riverwood Healthcare facility after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Endicott, he grew up in Niagara Falls.

He joined the U.S. Army and served in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

He then worked for the Union Carbide Metals Division for 32 years, retiring in 1982.

Mr. Slish enjoyed motorcycling, gardening, hiking and visiting elder hostels with his wife, Melva.

He was also known as the "butterfly man" because of his interest in butterflies, which he raised and lectured about.

He was a docent for the Buffalo Museum of Science, field guide for Tifft Nature Preserve, and a member of Cornell Cooperative Extension. He also enjoyed winemaking, photography and chess.

Mr. Slish was a member of the Grand Island Golden Agers, where he helped prepare taxes for senior citizens. He was also a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church, where he taught Catholic education classes and was a Eucharistic minister.

He is survived by his wife, the former Melva Davis; two daughters, Jeri Marshall of Niagara Falls and Teresa Nolte of Pampa, Texas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 in St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

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