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Clifford C. Koerner, quality control engineer

May 20, 1929 – April 17, 2016

Clifford Charles Koerner, of Amherst, a retired quality control engineer, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Bennett High School in 1946, enlisted in the Army Air Forces (which became the U.S. Air Force the following year) and trained as a radar repairman. He was stationed for a year in occupied Japan. Returning from service in 1949, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Koerner worked for a year for Harrison Radiator Corp. in Lockport, then took a job at Great Lakes Carbon in Niagara Falls. He retired as a quality control engineer in 1986.

A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, he enjoyed tennis, golf, bowling, investing, dancing and cards.

He and his wife, the former Edith V. Maderer, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary next month.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Kathleen V. Callanan and Dr. Patricia L. Kaufmann; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. May 7 in Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Road, Amherst.