A service for Howard B. and Barbara A. Vahue, of East Amherst, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. They died Saturday when a tractor-trailer struck their van on Transit Road.
Mr. Vahue, 75, a retired M&T Bank executive, was born May 20, 1937, in Newcastle, Pa., and grew up in Sherburne in Central New York.
He began working part time at M&T while he was still earning his degree in industrial arts from Buffalo State College. He joined the bank full time in 1960, working his way up from executive trainee in the Installment Loan Department.
Named vice president and manager of the Consumer Lending Department in 1966, he was assigned to create a centralized collection system for the bank’s installment loans, and under his supervision, the bank launched its first credit and debit cards.
He was promoted to administrative vice president in 1974 and to senior vice president for retail banking in 1989, overseeing operations at all of M&T’s Western New York banking offices. He retired in 1998.
He completed Harvard University’s advanced management program in 1992 and completed numerous American Institute of Banking courses.
Mr. Vahue was a former chairman of the Buffalo State College Foundation, the Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation and the Better Business Bureau of Western New York. A former board member of Buffalo Neighborhood Housing Services, he served as chairman of its annual fund drives.
Active with his wife in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, he served on the Church Council and numerous committees.
A devoted blood donor, he made more than 150 blood and platelet donations. He enjoyed skiing and vacationing on Wog Island in the Thousand Islands. He was fan of the New York Yankees and “Star Trek.”
Mr. Vahue and Barbara A. Crandall were married Oct. 22, 1966.
Mrs. Vahue, 68, was born March 24, 1944, in Olean and grew up in Emporium, Pa. She graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute and worked at Republic Steel.
Active for many years with the Junior League of Buffalo, she was a nursery school volunteer and a volunteer at the Lutheran Church Home. An avid reader and cook, she was noted for her chocolate cookies.
Surviving are three sons, Todd, Scott and Brett, and a daughter, Holly.
Mr. Vahue also is survived by a brother, Ralph; and a sister, Elizabeth “Liz” Coville. Mrs. Vahue’s survivors also include a brother, Donald Crandall, and a sister, Kay Petrazio.