Richard J. Weiler, who had operated one of the last hide shops in Buffalo, died Friday. He was 86.
Mr. Weiler, a lifelong resident of Clarence, attended Parker High School. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and after the war, in 1949, graduated from the University at Buffalo with an industrial engineering degree.
Mr. Weiler operated F.C. Schrowe Inc., processing the animal hides sent from slaughterhouses. But as the slaughterhouses closed in the city, Mr. Weiler found less and less business, his daughter, Joanne Jochum, said.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Weiler is survived by his wife, Patricia, and three granddaughters. He is also survived by a sister and a brother. Mr. Weiler's son, Richard F. Weiler, predeceased him in 2008.
Services will be private.