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Theis, Richard R. - Little Valley  
LITTLE VALLEY - Mr. Richard R. Theis, 64, of Liebler Hill Road, Little Valley, died Friday (April 29, 2016) at his home. Born Sept. 22, 1951, in Niagara Falls, he was the son of Catherine Clay Theis of Niagara Falls and the late Richard Theis. Mr. Theis was a veteran of the United States Army. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and was a sharpshooter with M-16. He was employed at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. Mr. Theis was a talented woodworker, artist, musician and an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. In his later years, he enjoyed bird watching and building bird houses and feeding stations. Surviving besides his mother are his loving partner, Beth Jones, with whom he resided; two brothers, David (Jennifer) Theis of Angelica and Robert Theis of Barstow, Calif.; a sister, Kathryn (David) Kerrison of Niagara; an aunt, Norma Shane of Olean; a cousin, David Miller of Olean, who was like a brother; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Theis was preceded in death by his sister, Donna McDonald; and twin baby sisters who were lost at birth. There will be no visitation. A celebration of life will be held at a time and place to be announced. The O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home 25 River St., Salamanca, is in charge of funeral arrangements. E-condolences may be sent to or posted to In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to Roswell Park or Home Care and Hospice.
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 1, 2016
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