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William Knarr, foreman at Republic Steel and Navy veteran

June 18, 1943 – July 13, 2016

William H. Knarr, a retired foreman at Republic Steel and a United States Navy veteran, died Wednesday at his Cheektowaga home. He was 73.

He was born in Buffalo and spent his childhood in Buffalo, Cherry Creek and Sunset Bay. He graduated from McKinley High School.

In 1961, he served aboard the USS Mauna Loa after completing his naval training in Norfolk, Va. He then served on the USS Requisite from July 1962 to March 1964. He continued on active duty until 1967.

His family said he was “hugely patriotic” and frequently provided instructions on how to best display the U.S. flag.

Knarr was enamored with woodworking, creating decorations, bird houses and novelties for family and friends. He taught his children and grandchildren how to use his tools.

He is survived by his wife, Auverne K. Fissler-Knarr; a son, William Knarr; a daughter, Marchelle “Marcy” Suchan; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Lally; two stepsons, Robert and David Fissler; and a sister, Dawn Weiskerger.

A celebration of his life will be held 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Italian Village Restaurant, 6354 Transit Road, Depew.

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