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Richard Bealer, former VFW commander <br> Jan. 16, 1930 -- March 21, 2006

Richard H. Bealer, a retired laborer at the former Ashland Oil Refinery and past commander of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 416 in Williamsville, died Tuesday in his Williamsville home after a long illness. He was 76.

An Amherst native, he graduated from Amherst High School.

An Army veteran, he served in the Korean War and was a member of the George F. Lamm Post American Legion.

Mr. Bealer worked at the Town of Tonawanda refinery for about 30 years, retiring in 1987.

He was a stock car driver in the 1950s, played baseball and fast-pitch softball, and was a member of the Amherst Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Bealer also enjoyed golfing, bowling and deer hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Ann Underwood; a daughter, Pamela of Amherst; two sons, John of Lockport and Donald of Amherst; a sister, Delores Charvat and a brother, Norman, both of Cheektowaga and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 903 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Amherst.

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