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Melvin J. Bingler, Alcan Aluminum retiree Nov. 14, 1920 -- Dec. 13, 2005

Melvin John Bingler, a manager with Alcan Aluminum, died Tuesday in his Getzville home after a long illness. He was 85.

Born in Staten Island, Mr. Bingler graduated from Curtis High School, then attended the New York State Institute of Applied Agriculture from 1939 to 1940. He also served as a lieutenant in the Home Front Auxiliary Police during World War II.

After coming to Western New York in 1945, he worked as an office and warehouse manager for Whitehead Metal, which eventually became Alcan Aluminum. He retired in 1984.

He was a foster parent.

Mr. Bingler was a Mason, a member of the Tip Toppers Club and an active member of St. James Lutheran Church. He enjoyed bowling, playing horseshoes, gardening, raising birds and playing the piano.

He and his wife, the former Dorothy Lamerne Harper, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in May.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Carol Lajkov of Orange City, Fla., Janice Rickard of West Seneca and Diane Koczur of Derby; two sons, Thomas of Getzville and Brian of East Amherst; a sister, Anita Motola of Ormond Beach, Fla., seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. James Lutheran Church, 1407 N. Forest Road, Amherst. His ashes will be entombed in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

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