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Richard I. Bundt, specialist in industrial metal sales ; Feb. 23, 1927 -- Jan. 14, 2011

Richard I. Bundt, an avid bowler, specialist in industrial metal sales and a third-degree Mason, died Friday in his Kenmore home after a brief illness. He was 83.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Bundt graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School and attended the University of Buffalo.

He retired in 1992 after 43 years working at Best Industrial Metal Sales in Buffalo.

He was a lifelong, active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as a council member, usher and choir member.

He was also a member of the Salem Golden Agers, where he was travel group leader for 14 years; the Southtowns Group Leaders Association, where he served as vice president; the Group Leaders of America; and the United States Bowling Congress Buffalo Association, where he served as president.

He was also a member of Ismailia Shrine Temple and was an honorary member of the Shrine Legion of Honor.

Some of the awards and honors he recived included one for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Masonic Fellowship in 1976; the Transportation Lodge Outstanding Sportsman Award in 1986; the Camel Herders Dedicated Service Award for Meritorious Tenure as Keeper of the Pile in 1987; and the Transportation Lodge Award for Outstanding Service in 1993.

In 2010, he was honored for 60 years of Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Masonic Fellowship.

An avid bowler, Mr. Bundt was featured in a Buffalo News story in December, highlighting his 58 years as a bowler in the Masons League.

He served as past president of the Buffalo Bowling Association of Masons and was a member of the New York State Bowling Tournament Association Committee.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Patricia

Dolan; two daughters, Susan Bundt and Melinda Zimmerman; and a son, Paul.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.

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