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Rev. Richie L. DeBow, pastor, former Westinghouse electrician ; Sept. 28, 1940 -- Dec. 22, 2010

The Rev. Richie Lee DeBow, a pastor, died Wednesday at his home in Buffalo. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School.

Mr. DeBow worked as an electrician at Western Electric for about 20 years until the plant closed in 1977. He was a pastor at Greater Praise Tabernacle Church for 21 years. He was a member of the Pentecostal Apostolic Ministers Alliance. He had a ministry at Deaconess Center on Humboldt Parkway every third Wednesday of the month.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Betty Myree; a son, Matthew; and a sister, Phyllis Webber.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Greater Praise Tabernacle Church, 704 William St.

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