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Werner A. Edson, 95, salesman, college instructor <br> Jan. 20, 1916 -- Dec. 12, 2011

Werner A. Edson, a World War II veteran, salesman and community college instructor, has died. The Amherst resident was 95.

Born in Beardstown, Ill., Mr. Edson graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in business. He was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Bataan in the Philippines.

After the war, he served in the Army Reserve for more than 20 years and reached the rank of colonel. He was also the former commandant of the Buffalo U.S. Army School.

His wife of 55 years, the former Marguerite Prefontaine, died in 1998.

Mr. Edson was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad and later accepted a position with Hubbs and Howe, a paper distributor in Buffalo. He worked for the company for 29 years as a salesman, specializing in prestige packaging for the products the company sold to businesses throughout the area.

Mr. Edson was regarded as the consummate salesman who possessed a natural instinct for his customers' wants and wishes.

While at Hubbs and Howe, he taught marketing and business courses at Erie Community College North.

After retiring from Hubbs and Howe, Mr. Edson continued to teach and became an independent salesman and volunteer.

He served in many volunteer capacities, including as counselor for the Senior Corps of Retired Executives and an AARP senior tax adviser at the Eggertsville Branch Library.

He was a member of the St. Benedict's Holy Name Society and the parish's golf league.

Survivors include a son, Mark, and two daughters, Michelle d'Arcy and Mary C.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.