William Schwartz, a decorated veteran of World War II, accomplished artist and retired vice president of Wagner Folding Box Co., died Saturday in Canterbury Woods Assisted Living Center, Amherst, after a long illness. A native of Buffalo, he was 88.
Mr. Schwartz suffered a severe leg wound Dec. 19, 1944, while he was on patrol during the Battle of the Bulge and was hospitalized in England for 11 months before he returned to duty as a private first class in the Army.
His unit was overrun a half-hour after he was evacuated because of his injury.
Mr. Schwartz served two years in the Army and earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge.
He was a life member of Jewish War Veterans.
He earned a bachelor's degree in art from the University of Buffalo and also studied at the Albright School of Art.
Mr. Schwartz was a portrait and landscape painter and a wood sculptor whose work has been exhibited in Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Jewish Community Center and Canterbury Woods
He was salesman and vice president of Wagner Folding Box Co. from 1952 until retiring in 1986, and he was a member of Congregation B'nai Shalom.
Survivors include two brothers, Howard and Arthur.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.