on July 29, 2013 - 11:08 PM
, updated July 30, 2013 at 8:01 AM
Aug. 13, 1917 – July 28, 2013
Irving W. Ehmke, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired DuPont supervisor and a World War II veteran, died Sunday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a short illness. He was 95.
Born in Buffalo, he attended East High School and worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he helped build the lower bridge at Letchworth State Park.
Mr. Ehmke enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as a corporal in the 194th Glider Infantry Regiment. He was an anti-tank gun crewman and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Returning from service, he worked at DuPont in the Town of Tonawanda for more than 30 years, retiring as a maintenance supervisor in the 1980s.
An avid bowler and golfer, Mr. Emke was awarded a life membership at Brighton Golf Club.
His wife of 53 years, Irene Miga Emke, died in 1993.
Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Toms and Diane Rogers.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.