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Carl. A. Schlueter Sr., Bell Aerospace worker; Sept. 4, 1923 -- April 20, 2011

Carl A. Schlueter Sr. of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired Bell Aerospace employee, died Wednesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo. He was 87.

Born in Detroit, he moved to Buffalo as a child with his family. Mr. Schlueter spent a short time working on Ferry's Farm in the Town of Holland before returning to Buffalo, where he graduated from Technical High School.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Schlueter studied at the University of Buffalo. In 1991, he retired from Bell Aerospace, Division of Textron, after more than 50 years of service, including innovations on designs for helicopter blades.

He was a member of Post 1620, American Legion, in North Collins, and the Eagles Club. He was a volunteer at St. Amelia's Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda on bingo nights.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Norma May Deck; three sons, Carl A. Jr., Paul M. and Mark C. Sr.; and four daughters, Lois M. Szczesniak, Mary J. Ransford, Lori J. Passaro and Jill E. Valentino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Monday in St. Amelia's Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road., Town of Tonawanda.