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Oct. 13, 1927 – March 16, 2013

Donald J. Kurek, a retired supervisor at DuPont, died Saturday in Beechwood Continuing Care Center, Getzville. He was 85.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Kurek graduated from McKinley Vocational High School and received his associate degree from Erie County Technical Institute.

Mr. Kurek was a seaman second class in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

For 36 years, he was a supervisor for DuPont’s Tedlar Plant on River Road in Tonawanda.

Mr. Kurek was an Eagle Scout.

He was a member of the Twin Cities Camera Club, and his work has been displayed at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ont.

He won numerous awards, including the Eastman Kodak Canada Award for Excellence in Photography and an Honorable Mention in Pedeson’s Photographer magazine.

His other hobbies included fishing and gardening. He built rock gardens and fish ponds at his home.

He was a member of the Yerkes Plant DuPont Pioneer Club.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, the former Sharon D. Meaney, and a son, Capt. John Kurek, USMC Ret.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Assumption Catholic Church, 435 Amherst St.