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Vincent N. Kirch, dairy farmer, town official July 12, 1914 -- Sept. 25, 2005

Vincent Nicholas Kirch, a retired dairy farmer and town official, died Sunday in his home after a long illness. He was 91.

A native and lifelong resident of Alexander, Mr. Kirch ran his family dairy farm for 26 years, selling it in 1967.

After that, he held a number of positions with the Town of Alexander, including assessor and highway superintendent. He also worked for the Genesee County Highway Department, retiring in 1977.

He served as a town councilman for four years and was a member of the Alexander Fire Deparment for more than 60 years.

Mr. Kirch was a member of Batavia Lodge 196, Loyal Order of Moose, and a lifelong member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Attica, serving as trustee for eight years. He was a life member of the Western New York Gas and Steam Engine Association.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, the former Ruth M. Warsop; five sons, Merlin and Myron, both of Attica, Ralph of Mesa, Ariz., Harold of Dundee, Fla., and Arnold of Alexander; a daughter, Ethel Sojda of Batavia; 19 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Vincent de Paul Church, 50 East Ave., Attica. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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