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Kenneth M. McLeod, retired U.S. marshal, White House security officer

Feb. 9, 1932 – Aug. 7, 2014

Kenneth M. McLeod, of Cheektowaga, retired chief deputy U.S. marshal for the Western District of New York, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital under hospice care. He was 82.

Born in Herkimer, he was a 1951 graduate of Gloversville High School. After serving two years in the Army, he returned to work at General Electric in Schenectady.

In 1959, Mr. McLeod moved to Washington, D.C., to become a city policeman, then accepted a job as a security officer at the White House. He spent a decade at the White House under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon before coming to Buffalo to work for the U.S. Marshals Service in 1970. He retired in 1990, but continued to work as a part-time court security officer. He received numerous awards for his skills as a sharpshooter.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Janet L. Devenpeck; a son, Christopher; four daughters, Lori Maley, Cynthia Konieczko, Melissa Kosmowski and Karen; and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today in St. John Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca.

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