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Edward P. VanVolkenburg, WWII vet, engineer; June 30, 1922 -- Jan. 14, 2011

Edward P. VanVolkenburg, a World War II veteran and retired engineer, died Friday in his Cheektowaga home. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Canisius College. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps, 5th Division, was stationed in the Pacific Theater and witnessed the raising of the U.S. flag over Iwo Jima.

Mr. VanVolkenburg was an engineer for Harrison Radiator and retired in the late 1980s. He was an active member of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Cheektowaga and Niagara Frontier Officials Association.

He was a volunteer for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

His first wife, Mary Jane, died in 1979.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Anita Forster.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.


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