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Mel LeBar, Town of Persia supervisor, veteran

March 18, 1943 – June 14, 2013

GOWANDA – Mel LeBar of Gowanda, Town of Persia supervisor, Air Force veteran and retiree of Gowanda Electronics, died Friday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 70.

Born in Olean, he was a 1961 graduate of Olean Central School and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout.

A Vietnam War-era veteran of the Air Force, Mr. LeBar moved to Gowanda after joining Gowanda Electronics, first as a material manager. He retired 35 years later as vice president of material operations.

Mr. LeBar was first elected Persia supervisor in 2002 and had planned to seek re-election this fall. He also served on the Town Board.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. LeBar enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a Civil War buff.

Active in the community, Mr. LeBar was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, was active in American Legion Post 409 and served as commander and president of the Gowanda Lions Club. He also served on the board of the former Tri-County Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Slovenian Club.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, the former Elizabeth Mater; and three daughters, Denise Wisely, Michelle Feldman and Aimee Calhoun.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph’s Church, 90 E. Main St.

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