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May 31, 1927 – April 27, 2013

William C. Schugardt, of East Amherst, a retired regional sales manager for the O-Cel-O Division of General Mills, died Saturday in Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1944 graduate of Kensington High School. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Macon, a heavy cruiser, in the American Theater of Operations from 1945 to 1946 . He was one of six Western New Yorkers who became plank owners of the USS Macon at its commissioning Aug. 26, 1945, in the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

When the USS Macon was decommissioned in 1969, certificates were offered to the original crew members who served aboard the vessel on its first assignment sailing maneuvers in the Caribbean with the 8th Fleet.

In 1950, Mr. Schugardt began working for O-Cel-O in the Town of Tonawanda. He retired from the company as its Northeast regional sales manager in 1988, after 38 years. He was a Shriner and former chaplain of the Ismailia Patrol for 14 years.

He also served as admissions counselor for the Masonic Home, an assisted-living facility in Utica, and was a member of the Gratwick Society at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Mr. Schugardt served on the board of the Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation for 17 years.

He was a member of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, as well as a member of the U.S. Navy Sailors Association and St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eggertsville.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Dorothy M. Luksch, and a daughter, Barbara Walter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.