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Selleck J. Carpenter, construction executive Feb. 6, 1925 -- Dec. 11, 2005

Selleck J. Carpenter of Williamsville, a World War II veteran and retired executive of a local construction company, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness. He was 80.

The Buffalo native graduated from Amherst Central High School, where he was captain of the football team and played on a championship basketball team. He also played football at Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Carpenter served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, reaching the rank of second lieutenant. He was a co-pilot and navigator in the 9th Combat Cargo Squadron, flying the China-Burma-India route in Asia.

He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.

He was president of Carpenter & Skaer, a general contractor whose projects included Buffalo Niagara International Airport's west terminal, several elementary schools in Williamsville, the Buffalo Convention Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

After closing his company, he worked for Truckenbrod & Co., retiring in 1990.

Mr. Carpenter was a child charter member of Ascension Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council and several other committees.

He received numerous awards from the Boy Scouts and other area organizations.

His wife, Betty Jean Fitzgerald Carpenter, died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol A. Scholl of Williamsville; a son, Mark T. of Amherst; and three grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home, 2070 Eggert Road, Amherst, followed by services at 10 in Ascension
Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Snyder. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.

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