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William G. Humiston, Vietnam vet, insurance agent; March 18, 1945 -- Jan. 17, 2012

William G. Humiston of West Seneca, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and longtime Allstate insurance agent, died unexpectedly Tuesday in his Florida home. He was 66.

Born in Binghamton, Mr. Humiston was a 1963 graduate of Binghamton North High School, where he met his future wife, the former Karen Morley. He also studied at Broome County Technical Institute until 1965 and Rochester Institute of Technology from 1965 to 1967, before being drafted into the Army.

He served from 1967 to 1969 and rose to the rank of sergeant, serving in the First Infantry Division.

Mr. Humiston graduated from RIT with a bachelor of science degree in 1971, then moved to West Seneca to take a sales position with the Ford Motor Corp. from 1972 to 1977.

From 1977 to 2000, he worked as an insurance agent for Allstate. His first office was located in Southgate Plaza, West Seneca, before he moved to Ridge Road and Seneca Street. He retired in 2000.

During retirement he worked for his son, Daniel, who ran for Congress as a Republican in 2008, as the business manager for Tanning Bed, West Seneca.

An avid golfer, Mr. Humiston shot a hole-in-one last year.

In 2001, he and his wife built a second home in The Villages, north of Orlando, Fla.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include another son, Patrick; and a daughter, Heather.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

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