Mr. George D. Heron, 92, of Forest Avenue, Salamanca, N.Y., died peacefully Thursday, May 26, 2011, at his home.
Born Feb. 22, 1919, in Red House, N.Y., he was the son of the late David and Flora Tallchief Heron.
Mr. Heron was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a 1st class pharmacist mate in the European-Mediterranean & Pacific Theatre.
George D. Heron
He was employed by the Bridge, Structural & Ornamental Iron Workers Local #6, Buffalo, N.Y., retiring in 1981.
Mr. Heron was an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, where he served as past president from 1958 to 1960 and again from 1962 to 1964, past treasurer and past tribal councilor, a member of the Hawk Clan, Jimersontown Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, a member of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535, where he served as past commander, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post 5296. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 50 of the Allegany Reservation, Civilian Conservation Corps, Iroquois Temperance League, Allegany Lodge, National Congress of American Indians, where he served as parliamentarian and member of the executive board, Six Nations Agricultural Society, Allegany Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department, New York State Governor's Advisory Board for the Aging appointed in 1989 by Gov. Mario Cuomo, the Lions Club of Salamanca. He was an avid Yankees fan and a super fan of the Salamanca Warriors.
Surviving are: two sons: Tyler (Shirley "Chic") Heron, Jimersontown, N.Y., David Heron, Salamanca, N.Y., Gloria Heron, Jimersontown, N.Y.; two step-sons: Tom Nosal, Salamanca, N.Y., Bob (Renee) Nosal, Gowanda, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Patti (Steve Taylor) Reyes, Salamanca, N.Y; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three sisters: Inez Redye, Mary Snow and Ada Heron.
Friends may call at the O'Rourke & O'Rourke Inc. Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, N.Y. on Friday from 2 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2011, at 10 a.m., at the Jimersontown Presbyterian Church.
Burial will be in Memorial Heights Cemetery, Jimersontown, N.Y.
Full military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post 535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post 5296.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Women & Children's Hospital, Buffalo, New York.
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