June 13, 1927 – Nov. 21, 2013

Lawrence A. DeAeth, a retired Union Carbide chemist, died Thursday in his Town of Tonawanda home. He was 86.

He was born in Queens on the day a ticker-tape parade was held on Broadway for returning aviator Charles Lindbergh.

After moving to Niagara Falls in 1934, his family settled two years later in the Town of Tonawanda, where Mr. DeAeth lived for the rest of his life. He graduated from Kenmore High School in 1945 and volunteered for the Navy, serving aboard the USS Taconic.

Using the GI Bill, he graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

He worked as an analytical chemist for Union Carbide in the metals division for 41 years and was chief chemist.

He married Mona Lisa Liebig in 1951. She died in 1975.

In 1977, he married Carol Corbett Krebs, who died in 2002.

Mr. DeAeth was a longtime member of Parkside Lutheran Church, where he served as head usher, property chairman and member of the finance committee.

It was at Parkside that he met his third wife, Ruth, whom he married in 2004.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sue and Kathryn; three sons, Ross, Bruce and Dale; a sister, Gerrie DeAeth Jeffe; two brothers, George and Bruce; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date.