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Kenneth Wilson, former Marine Midland bank manager, rock ’n’ roll enthusiast

July 31, 1940 – June 27, 2013

Kenneth L. Wilson, a devout member of Faith United Church of Christ and a rock ’n’ roll enthusiast, died Thursday in Williamsville. He was 72.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Wilson graduated from Heidelberg University in 1962 with degrees in psychology and sociology. After marrying, Mr. Wilson relocated to Buffalo in 1963 and served in the Army Reserves between 1962 and 1963.

Mr. Wilson worked various positions, including bank manager, at Marine Midland for 10 years, was a real estate agent for 15 years and served as the executive director and manager for the Dunkirk Conference Center between 1989 and 1994.

He belonged to Faith United Church of Christ, serving terms as president of the church consistory and was involved in several outreach programs.

A music lover, Mr. Wilson owned an extensive rock ’n’ roll collection, which included music from Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley and His Comets. Mr. Wilson’s love of music was passed on to his family, who would dance to rock ’n’ roll music after dinner.

He was a fantasy football fan, and would show up for draft day well-prepared after studying player stats.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan W.; two daughters, Lisa K. Cummins and Laura R. Peters; a son, David; and a brother, Terry V.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Faith United Church of Christ, 1300 Maple Road, Amherst.

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