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Robert P. Herbeck Sr., owned gas station in 1970s; Dec. 8, 1937 -- April 2, 2012

Robert P. Herbeck Sr., a Navy veteran who once ran a Town of Tonawanda gas station, died under hospice care in his home Monday after a long illness. He was 74.

Mr. Herbeck, a Town of Tonawanda resident, grew up on Buffalo's East Side and served in the Navy during the late 1950s. He suffered severe back and head injuries when struck by debris from a military truck explosion.

After his military service, he worked in two factory jobs, ran a Niagara Falls Boulevard gas station in the 1970s, was a car painter, worked for a chemical etching company and a computer company, and was a maintenance worker at a trailer park. He left Western New York for Phoenix in 1980, returning about 12 years later.

He enjoyed drag racing, fishing, building model cars, doing crossword puzzles, reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries and, especially, playing with his grandchildren.

Mr. Herbeck is survived by his wife of 22 years, Carin Rudge Herbeck; six sons, Robert Jr., Kenneth, Donald, Steven, David and Michael; and a sister, Mary Bain.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.