Richard C. "Dick" Staby, of Eden, a former member of the Eden Board of Education, died Sunday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 77.
Born in Buffalo, he was president of the Class of 1951 at Eden High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Miami University in Ohio, where he was president of Theta Chi fraternity. Drafted into the Army, he served for two years in Kitzingen, West Germany.
Returning from service, he became a buyer and merchandise manager for Wm. Hengerer Co., then went to Hens & Kelly and Twin Fair. He later bought the Eden Dairy Queen on Main Street and operated it with his wife until he retired in 1999.
Active in community affairs, he served on the Eden School Board from 1980 to 1986. He also was president of the Eden Chamber of Commerce in the mid-1980s.
Mr. Staby enjoyed fishing with friends on Lady Evelyn Lake in northeastern Ontario and was a Buffalo Bills fan.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Joan Behrens; two daughters, Kristen Staby Rembold and Lisa Rakiecki; a son, Scott R.; and a sister, Barbara Staby McDonnell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 8191 S. Main St., Eden.