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Earl A. Drollinger, Navy vet, Forge manager March 17, 1926 -- March 25, 2006

Earl A. Drollinger, who had a 44-year career at Buffalo Forge, died after a brief illness Saturday in his Town of Tonawanda home, a week after his 80th birthday.

The Buffalo native joined the Navy the day before his birthday in 1944 and served as a motor machinist mate third class for two years in the Pacific during and after World War II.

A graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, he went to work for Buffalo Forge as a draftsman in the 1940s. In 1966, he became an efficiency expert in the machine tool division; in 1970, export sales manager and director of foreign licenses; and in 1980, manager of sales and engineering for the machine tool division. He retired from Buffalo Forge in 1988.

He was a member of Charles W. Cushman Lodge 879 F&AM, of which he was master in 1958 and chaplain for 10 years.

His wife of 48 years, the former Marjorie Ann Nesselbeck, died in 1999.

Survivors, all of the Town of Tonawanda, include two daughters, Deborah Calabrese and Colleen Reichard; a sister, Gloria House, and five grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Zion United Church of Christ, Parker Boulevard and Koenig Circle, Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Acacia Memorial Park, Pendleton.

[WINCHESTER]

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