Sept. 14, 1926 – April 17, 2015
Dwight F. Halstead, formerly of Akron, an electrician and stationary engineer, died Friday in Absolut Care of Gasport, where he was a resident, after a long illness. He was 88.
Born in Gillett, Pa., south of Elmira, he grew up on a farm, training horses and taking part in rodeos that were attended by Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. He served in the Army as a military policeman from 1946 to 1948.
Self-employed as an electrician and entrepreneur, he assisted his father in home construction in the Elmira area and later worked for a fire alarm company on the Southern Tier.
He moved to Watertown in the early 1970s, where he was a stationary engineer in the all-electric state office building.
He came to the Buffalo area in 1975 to work as an electrician for the University at Buffalo on its North Campus in Amherst. He became principal stationary engineer for the North Campus, retiring in 1988.
In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and researching family genealogy.
He was ordained as a minister in 1984 and was associated with the First Trinitarian Church in East Aurora, where he taught classes, performed weddings, gave sermons and did other spiritual work.
His first wife of 14 years, the former Mary F. Plank, died in 1961.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Joan Buckley; four sons, Dwight C., Russell, Christopher Buckley and Thomas Buckley; three daughters, Kathy Wehmeyer, Elizabeth Sanchez and Barbara Buckley; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in The Chapel, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville.