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July 22, 1925 - May 29, 2014

Louis LaPlaca, of Snyder, a decorated World War II Army veteran and Niagara Mohawk retiree, died Thursday in Elderwood at Williamsville after fighting Parkinson’s disease for several years. He was 88.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. LaPlaca graduated from Hutchinson Central High School and earned an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from Erie Community College.

Drafted into the Army in September of 1943, he served as a corporal in the 750th Field Artillery Battalion as a field lineman and carbine expert in Okinawa. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star.

Mr. LaPlaca worked for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for 44 years as a traveling operator, a troubleshooter for the utility.

He and his wife of 65 years, the former Millie DeRosa, traveled throughout the world.

Survivors also include two sons, Alan and Glen; a daughter, Pamela; a brother, Vincent “Jim”; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Snyder, preceded by prayers at 8:45 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.