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Roy A. Reukauf, pipefitter, head of security, avid photographer <br> Jan. 12, 1921 -- June 6, 2007

Roy A. Reukauf, husband of retired Orchard Park Town Clerk Betty K. Reukauf, died Wednesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness. He was 86.

Mr. Reukauf, who worked for Mobil Oil's Buffalo refinery on Elk Street as a pipefitter and head of security, was a tireless supporter of his wife's four successful campaigns for office. She retired in 1993.

Born in West Seneca, a twin and one of 14 children, he attended West Seneca High School and worked at Bethlehem Steel Copr. before serving in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Suwannee in the Pacific as a photographer's mate first class.

He returned to work at Mobil Oil as a first-class pipefitter, then served as security manager for eight years before the plant closed and he retired in 1981. For more than 22 years, he also was security guard for Monday night bingo games at Villa Maria College.

An avid photographer, he was the official photographer at many weddings through the years and could be counted on for comic relief. He also did the work to close in and finish construction of the family home in Orchard Park after it was framed.

Mr. Reukauf was a devoted fisherman and hunter. He was a member of Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion; Orchard Park Post 6247, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Mobil Oil Annuitants; and Southtowns Walleye Association.

He and his wife, the former Betty Kreitzbender, would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary next month.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Craig and Dan; two daughters, Mary Beth Van Lew and Jane Ann; two brothers, Albert and Donald; and four sisters, Katherine Hunger, his twin, Rose Witzleben, Beatrice Hines and Shirley Swing.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park.


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