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Charles William Stephan, Vietnam veteran


April 2, 1948 - Nov. 3, 2016

Charles William Stephan, a retired machinist and disabled veteran of the Vietnam War, died Nov. 3 at his West Seneca home after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo he attended Alden High School, and enlisted in the Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1969.

Upon returning from service he resumed work at Moog Inc. in East Aurora as an apprentice machinist. He advanced to become a tool and die machinist and retired as a supervisor in 2007.

In his spare time Mr. Stephan enjoyed restoring and collecting classic cars, which included multiple show-winning cars. His favorite, a 1965 Corvette, became a New York State show winner.

He was also an avid collector and restorer of American Flyer and Lionel model trains and was a member of many toy train associations and clubs. He would travel yearly to the Train Collectors Association model train show in York, PA.

Mr. Stephan was also an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, boating.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Mary Kathleen Horn; a daughter, Suzan Harwell; sons, Chet Dietz and Charles; sisters, Maggie Lasher and Ellen Gerhart; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in Trinity Lutheran Church, West Seneca.


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