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Richard H. Herko, 72, retired Orchard Park teacher

Dec. 23, 1943 - Nov. 15, 2016

Richard H. Herko of West Seneca died Nov. 15 in Orchard Park following a long illness. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Hutchinson Central Technical High School and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from SUNY Buffalo State.

He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army following three years of service. Mr. Herko taught social studies and economics at Orchard Park Central High School for over 30 years. He also ran a junior achievement program that got his students involved all aspects of creating and running businesses.

He was listed in Who's Who of American Teachers and was voted Home Town Hero of Orchard Park High School in 2006.

Mr. Herko enjoyed a number of sports including hockey, racquetball, cross country skiing and golf.  He also enjoyed doing home improvements in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years the former Sandra Sujka.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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