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KNIBLOE, Wells E.
KNIBLOE - Wells E. Wells E. Knibloe, a respected Buffalo attorney, died on March 11th, in his home in Buffalo after a brief illness. He was 94. Beloved husband of the late Allene (nee Cushing); dear father of Wayne, Gayle (Thomas) Nowak, Laurel (Gregory) Holmes, Elise Knibloe (Don Wegrzynowski); brother of Keith (Grace), Paul (Marie), the late Elaine (Chester) Trott; grandfather of W. Edward Q. Knibloe. Wells was born and raised on his family's dairy farm in Fillmore, New York in Alleghany County. While in college, in 1943, he was drafted into the US Army. During World War II, he served at Aberdeen, Proving Grounds in Maryland; and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in New York City. After VJ-Day he journeyed with a U.S. Navy flotilla to Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to witness the first post-war atomic bomb tests. After the war, he finished his undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo, went on to get a Law Degree from the University at Buffalo Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1950. He continued his association with the University as President of the U.B. General Alumni Board. His law career included working briefly at the Bell Aerospace Systems, then joining the law firm of Saperston, Wiltse, Duke, Day and Wilson until his retirement in 1987. He was an active member and served as President of The Bar Association of Erie County. He was member and Deacon of Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church. He and Allene were part of its "Couples Club" social group of like-minded, life-long friends. He was a 'Life" member and served as a flag officer (treasurer) and director of the Buffalo Canoe Club. The Knibloes spent many summers near Point Abino and Bay Beach in Canada. He, along with Allene were avid bridge players and together they organized ladies, men's and couples Bridge Clubs wherever they were. While retired in Florida, he was a volunteer with "Meals-on-Wheels" and the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Wells and Allene also enjoyed extensive travel in their retirement. He was an avid family genealogist, author and voracious reader. Besides writing countless 'letters to the editor", he wrote a comprehensive genealogy, "The Knibloe Family in Scotland & America" and a montage of his late wife, Allene's, "Red Cross Service Memories" in Europe during WWII. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends on Thursday, March 16th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at JOHN E. ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME, 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, Amherst, NY 14226. In-lieu of flowers, contribution in Wells' memory to a charity of your choice.