August C. "Gus" Brutcher, a Trico Corp. retiree and Snyder merchant, died Monday in Absolut Care of Orchard Brooke, Orchard Park, after an extended illness. He was 77.
The son of a Buffalo police officer, Mr. Brutcher was born on Buffalo's East Side and was a high school graduate of the Buffalo Public Schools.
A proud veteran, he served in the Navy during the Korean War era.
After retiring from Trico, Mr. Brutcher operated Lock's Bakery on Harlem Road near Kensington Avenue during the 1980s and '90s. The business, which was founded in the 1930s, was a full-service bakery dedicated to the needs of the neighborhood, including schools and churches, and also specialized in Polish pastries.
Mr. Brutcher also operated a furniture and antiquing business from his home on Washington Highway in Snyder and was a driver of several years for Beechwood Homes in Getzville.
As a resident of a Absolut at Orchard Brooke, Mr. Brutcher got a chance to rekindle his baking skills, whipping up a batch of fruit turnovers for fellow residents.
More recently, he lived in the Audubon community in north Amherst.
Mr. Brutcher was an avid model builder of radio-controlled boats and airplanes.
His wife of many years, Josephine Cywinski Brutcher, died in 2004.
Survivors include a special friend, Heather A. Edwards.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Amigone Funeral Home, 2600 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.