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Sept. 2, 1927 – June 8, 2013

John B. Lebherz, of West Seneca, a retired telephone company manager, died June 8 in Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Lebherz was a 1946 graduate of Kenmore High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1946 and served another tour of duty as an officer in 1951-52. He then served for 20 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a Supply Corps commander in 1972.

Mr. Lebherz earned an associate degree in hotel management from Schenectady Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Canisius College.

Mr. Lebherz had a 34-year career in the Bell Telephone system, 30 years with New York Telephone Co. and four years with AT&T. He retired from AT&T in 1985 as regional sales manager, overseeing 240 phone stores in 14 states.

In 1988, he moved to Naples, Fla., and spent five months a year at his summer home in Crescent Beach, Ont. For the past five years, he lived in West Seneca.

He was a member of the Countryside Country Club in Naples, Cherry Hill Club in Ridgeway, Ont., and the DiGamma Honor Society at Canisius College.

His wife of 45 years, the former Marilyn Bradshaw, died in 1995.

Survivors include three sons, John “Brad,” Michael and James; and a daughter, Joanne Speyer.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 91 Dakota Ave.