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Louis Reich, longtime wholesale jeweler, World War II veteran April 18, 1921 -- March 24, 2010

Louis B. Reich, a retired jeweler and an Army veteran of World War II, died March 24 in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, he attended Nichols School and graduated from Staunton Military Academy. During the war, he was a first lieutenant in the 654th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

After the war, Mr. Reich joined M.A. Reich & Co., the wholesale jewelry business founded by his father, Melvin, in 1919. He helped run the Franklin Street company for more than 50 years, half of that as president, before retiring about a year ago.

An accomplished golfer, he was a member of the Westwood and Crag Burn country clubs and the Buffalo Club.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Saperston Reich; a son, William L.; and two stepsons, Edward M. Plant and Andrew S. Plant.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 23 in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.


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