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Jan. 16, 1946 – April 9, 2014

David J. Wlos of Snyder, owner and president of a local insurance agency, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo, he attended the University at Buffalo and served with the Army in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Wlos worked for the family-owned insurance agency, Stanley J. Wlos Insurance Agency, one of the largest State Farm agencies in the state, from 1976 to 1989.

A certified professional insurance agent, he started his own insurance agency, David J. Wlos Insurance Agency Inc. on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga in 1989. Mr. Wlos was still operating the agency at the time of his death.

He was active in many organizations, including the Central Amherst Little League and Cub Scouts. He was a member of Christ the King Church.

He also was a member of the Fox Valley Country Club and the Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Cynthia Collett; two sons, Andrew and Michael; a sister, Kathleen Wilson; and a granddaughter.

A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.