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Oct. 25, 1936 – Feb. 16, 2014

Donald W. Scheller, a toolmaker, designer and teacher, died Sunday, at his home in West Falls. He was 77.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Scheller was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He later went on to graduate from Erie Community College and Buffalo State College.

Mr. Scheller served in the Air National Guard as a staff sergeant for the 107th Fighter Interceptor Squad until 1961.

He was a design engineer for Primas Moldmakers from 1955 to 1972 and a teacher of mechanical technology for Erie-BOCES 2 from 1972 to 1994. With his teaching partner George Gallo, he received an Award of Recognition in 1977. Upon retirement, the Society of Plastics Engineers recognized him for the many years he served as educator and mentor to young people who became moldmakers, designers and business owners serving the plastic industries of Western New York.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; and a daughter, Wendy Orgren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Luke Anglican Church, 591 Porterville Road, East Aurora.