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Feb. 10, 1938 – Nov. 29, 2013

Richard A. Lemke, a lifelong Alden resident and construction company owner who was active in Boy Scouting, died Friday in Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility at Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 75.

A graduate of Alden High School, Mr. Lemke served in the Army Reserve from 1955 to 1964, and rose to the rank of sergeant. He operated Richard A. Lemke Construction Co., a residential carpentry business.

Mr. Lemke served as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 555 and was a member of the prestigious Order of the Arrow, a national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. He also was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, which recognizes the distinguished service of those who have an impact on their community and the lives of young people.

Mr. Lemke participated in Civil War re-enactments for 20 years, playing the part of Sen. Robert M.T. Hunter of Virginia.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Patricia Thompson; two sons, Jeffrey and David; two daughters, Joni Bauersmith and Debbi; and two brothers, James and Ronald.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster.