Nov. 21, 1929 – Nov. 25, 2012

Edward A. Hoeflich, of Sunset Island, Wilson and St. Pete Beach, Fla., a retired Army lieutenant colonel, died Sunday in Florida after a short illness. He was 83.

Born in Angola, he enlisted in the Army after graduating from Amherst High School and served with the occupation forces in Japan at Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur’s headquarters.

Returning from active duty, Mr. Hoeflich served in the Army Reserve for 35 years and was the commanding officer of several Reserve units in the Buffalo area.

He worked in sales in the furniture department at the Sears store on Main Street in Buffalo until it closed in the 1970s, then was a top salesman at the Sears branch at Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence.

He retired in 1990.

A former Snyder resident, in retirement he spent his summers in Wilson and his winters in Florida.

He and his wife, the former Marion E. Myers, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Gary, Chris and David; a daughter, Susan McDuffee; and a sister, Peg Blarr.

Memorial services will be arranged in Florida and in Wilson.