Richard J. Guyette, a retired high school biology teacher, died Oct. 8 in his West Seneca home. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Kensington High School and received a master's degree in biology from the University of Buffalo. He served in the Army on Okinawa during the Korean War and attained the rank of corporal.
Mr. Guyette taught biology at Cleveland Hill High School from 1955 until his retirement in 1987. During those years, he coached the school's cross country and track teams.
He was one of the founders of the Koinonia movement in Buffalo and a volunteer for more than 25 years at the West Seneca Food Pantry.
He was active in Precana counseling for engaged couples, a greeter at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in West Seneca and a facilitator of the "Over 55" group.
He was an avid golfer and played monthly poker with his fraternity brothers for more than 50 years.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Mary Jane Ueblacker; two daughters, Karen Troidl and Mary Anne; two sons, Bill and John; and a sister, Joan Schwenk.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Oct. 9 in St. Catherine of Siena Church.