Tonawanda News


September 13, 2013

Elton L. "Bob" Urtel

NORTH TONAWANDA — Elton L. "Bob" Urtel, age 86, of North Tonawanda, September 13, 2013 in Northgate Nursing Home, after a lengthy illness. Bob was very proud of his service to his country. He served in the Navy Air Force for two years following WWII, flying patrol over the Gulf of Mexico.     During these years he says he learned more than he ever did in life. Bob contracted multiple sclerosis while still in the Navy in 1946. He retired from General Motors in 1974 after 27 years of service. Bob had been an active member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and he enjoyed playing sports. He was a member of the Tonawanda Sportsman's Club and was an avid outdoorsman. He was also a member of the MS Society and the American Legion Post #1451, and had been active in North Tonawanda Civil Defense.

Beloved husband of Phyllis (nee Simmons) Urtel for over 62 years. Dear father of Nancy Meyerhofer and David (Kelly) Urtel, all of North Tonawanda. Grandfather of Michael Meyerhofer, Lindsay (Timothy) Bozek and Leah Urtel; great-grandfather of Lillian and Valerie Bozek. Brother of Harold Urtel of Middleport, Helen Bye of Newfane, and the late Lawrence Urtel, Russell Urtel, Delilah Grabowski and Hazel Walker; uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home Inc., 1241 Oliver St., in North Tonawanda on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:00 AM, the Rev. Dr. A. W. Moldenhauer will officiate. Interment in North Ridge Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WNY, 4245 Union Rd., Suite 108, Buffalo, NY 14225  

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