Earl R. "Dutch" Stellrecht, a retired teacher, sports coach and Cuba town official, died Thursday in the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Olean, after a long illness. He was 83.
A native of Buffalo, he graduated from Kenmore High School and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts education from Buffalo State College and a master's degree in education from St. Bonaventure University.
During World War II, he served from 1942 to 1945 as a Navy radioman second class aboard the USS Dortch, which was an escort ship for the USS Missouri for the signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo Bay, Japan.
Mr. Stellrecht taught industrial arts for 33 years at Cuba Central School, retiring in 1981. He also was an assistant football coach for 18 years, a tennis coach, junior high basketball coach, athletic director and a substitute bus driver, all at Cuba Central.
Mr. Stellrecht also was a basketball rules interpreter for Allegany/Cattaraugus counties for 10 years. He managed a Little League baseball team and refereed for Cuba Youth Football.
He was inducted into the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Mr. Stellrecht was a former town justice and assessor in Cuba and served on the town's Board of Assessment Review.
He had been on the board of trustees of First Baptist Church of Cuba, where he headed the committee for the Fellowship Hall addition, sang in the choir and helped prepare dinners for various church events.
He was a life member of Cuba Post 655, American Legion; a member and past president of the Cuba Retired Teachers Association; and a member of International Basketball Officials in Allegany/Cattaraugus counties for more than 25 years.
Mr. Stellrecht, who wintered in Seminole, Fla., also was a member of Seminole Gardens Men's Club.
His wife of 48 years, Martha A. Patterson Stellrecht, died in 1997.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, the former Lois M. Frank Quant; two sons, Earl R. Jr. of Cuba and John of Getzville; two daughters, Lois Lounsberry of Bolivar and Lynn Kalous of Brush, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Pamela Patten of Webster and Linka Oonk and Sandra Pickert, both of Cuba; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Services were today in First Baptist Church. Burial was in Cuba Cemetery.