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Victor R. Straubinger, building contractor March 14, 1939 -- Jan. 31, 2006

Victor R. Straubinger, a retired local contractor, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 66.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Canisius High School in 1957 and earned an associate's degree from Erie County Technical Institute in 1960.

A 20-year member of the Coast Guard Reserve, he had served as an officer in the Chief Petty Officers Club.

Mr. Straubinger was a self-employed contractor, specializing in commercial and residential construction. He retired in the 1990s, when he and his wife moved from Amherst to Englewood, Fla.

A certified glider pilot, Mr. Straubinger was a member of the Soaring Association of America.

He received the Outstanding Serviceman Award from the Armed Forces Week Committee in 1982 and a distinguished service award from the Town of Amherst Senior Center in 1991. He was a former member of the board of directors of Amherst Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marsha L. Carpenter of Englewood; two sisters, Mary Vinal of Eggertsville and Carol Ann of Philadelphia; and a brother, Paul R. of Treasure Island, Fla.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Benedict Catholic Church, 1317 Eggert Road at Main Street, Eggertsville. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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