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Paul C. Rasp, New York Telephone supervisor Dec. 13, 1926 -- June 21, 2011

Paul C. Rasp, of Orchard Park, a retired telephone company supervisor, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he enlisted in the Navy after he graduated in 1944 graduate from Ebenezer High School and served in Europe, followed by a second tour of duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kasaan Bay.

Mr. Rasp worked for New York Telephone for more than 30 years, serving as a building supervisor.

An expert woodcarver, he won a blue ribbon for his work at the Erie County Fair. He also was skilled as a handyman and was always ready to help friends and family with household projects.

He was a member of Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion; and West Seneca Lodge 1111, Free & Accepted Masons. He was a longtime parishioner of First Presbyterian Church of West Seneca and served as a board member.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Bridgewater Country Club and Springville Country Club. He also was a 10-gallon American Red Cross blood donor.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Betty Jane Burns; two daughters, Susan Jane Simpson and Deborah Lynn Krutchick; and a brother, Vincent.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in First Presbyterian Church of West Seneca, 2085 Union Road.