Richard VanDette, of Collins Center, died Tuesday in Gowanda Nursing Home. He was 86.
Born in Dunkirk, he served in the Army during World War II.
Mr. VanDette was a retired foreman and dispatcher for the state Department of Transportation, Hamburg. He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Collins Center.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Josephine Barreca; a son, Richard L. of Getzville; two daughters, Kathleen Goforth of New Bern, N.C., and Lauri Skelton of Springville; a brother, Raymond of West Seneca; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Collins Center. Burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Silver Creek.