MAINE - Erling W. Age 75, was surrounded by his family in his last days before he went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 13, 2013. He was born January 1, 1938 in Antigo, WI. After moving to Albion, NY in the late 1940's and graduating in 1955 from Albion High School, he received his degree in Physics at Syracuse University in 1959. He married in 1961 and after three years in the Navy as an Officer, he moved back to Albion, NY and began a life of service in the community. He loved the Lord, his family and music. His service included over 40 years with the Masonic Renovation Lodge #97 (Master in '70, '71, & '89), nearly 48 years with the Albion Rotary Club (President 1975-1976), 10 years of service with the COVA volunteer ambulance, he was a lifetime member of the American Legion and enjoyed 15 years singing with the Genesee Chorale and other local choirs. Erling successfully owned and operated Maine Home Center, an Albion Lumberyard and Hardware store (present Auto Zone site) and the Albion Car Wash, 23 years and 20 years respectively. He was an active member of the Albion United Methodist Church and participated with the Episcopal Church as well. After retiring to Fort Myers, Florida, he continued his service actively participating with the New Hope Presbyterian Church and the local Rotary Club. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Judy; daughter Kirsten (Gary) Wolters, sons Wesley (Sara) and Eric (Laura); brothers William (Phyllis) and Paul, sister Ingrid (Roger) Larson and eight grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Albion United Methodist Church, Albion, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 (http://www.rotary.org/en/Contribute/Pages/ridefault.aspx) or The Masonic Care Community of New York, 2150 Bleecker St, Utica, NY 13501 (https://www.masonichomeny.org/ways-to-support/donations/)
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Published in the Buffalo News on July 21, 2013