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Dr. David E. Denzel, Lockport orthopedic surgeon

Aug. 10, 1934 – Dec. 5, 2015

LOCKPORT – Dr. David E. Denzel, an orthopedic surgeon who maintained a practice in Lockport for more than 30 years, died Saturday in Eastern Niagara Hospital here after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Williamsville High School, Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo Medical School. He was a flight surgeon in the Air Force from 1959 to 1964 and served residencies in orthopedic surgery in the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, S.C., and at Wake Forest University.

Returning to Western New York, he did research for a year at UB and practiced at the former Deaconess Hospital. He opened his practice in Lockport in 1970 and retired in 2001. During his medical career, he volunteered for two months every year for 25 years to work as an orthopedic surgeon and teach surgical practices in Uganda.

He also owned and operated an 800-acre cattle and crop farm in Hartland.

Dr. Denzel had been a member and supporter of the Right to Life organization since 1973 and ran against incumbent Rep. John J. LaFalce in 1998 as the endorsed Right to Life Party candidate.

He was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed fishing with his sons, and hunting, camping, whitewater canoeing and skiing with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Kathryn Miller; three sons, Mark, Michael and Dr. Gregory; two daughters, Debbie Maloney and Cheryl Richardson; and 15 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St.

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