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Leon Zackiewicz, honored softball player Nov. 17, 1918 -- Dec. 24, 2006

Leon A. "Peanuts" Zackiewicz, a member of the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame, died Sunday in his home in Derby. He was 88.

Mr. Zackiewicz played in the world softball championship in 1948. He struck out and beat Eddie Feigner's King and his Court in 1968. He was inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Emerson Vocational High School. He played softball in the old North Fillmore Stadium and Offermann Stadium.

Mr. Zackiewicz served in the U.S. Army's Company C, 36th Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, from 1944 through 1945.

A roofer for 60 years, he was a member of Roofers Local 74.

Mr. Zackiewicz was commended for rescuing three children from their burning home on Ashley Street on the city's East Side in 1961.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Dolores Michalek; a daughter, Debra Ludwig; and a brother, Monty.

A memorial Mass was offered Wednesday in St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

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