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Donald F. Siuda, past Erie County Legion commander <br> Jan. 9, 1944 -- Feb. 22, 2009

Donald F. Siuda, a past Erie County commander of the American Legion, died of cancer Sunday in his Buffalo home. He was 65.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Siuda worked 30 years for the city's Department of Management Information Systems, retiring in 2006.

He served stateside with the Air Force during the Vietnam era and was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving six years with the 914th Tactical Airlift Group in Niagara Falls. He later enlisted in the New York Army National Guard and served 16 years with the 152nd Engineer Battalion.

In 2006, Mr. Siuda served as Erie County commander of the American Legion. He also was an aide and an adjutant in the county organization and former adjutant in the Legion's 8th District.

He was active in South Buffalo Post 721, serving as commander, vice commander and adjutant.

Mr. Siuda recently was recognized for his contributions to the Legion's Heroes to Hometowns transition program for severely injured military personnel returning home.

He was a life member of the 74th/174th Infantry Veterans Association, American Legion and AMVETS.

Survivors include his wife, the former Sharon Pirowski; a daughter, Denise; and a brother, Thomas Kendziora.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road.

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