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FORESTVILLE:  Raymond L. Kirkland, 80, of Quarry Road, Forestville, died Tuesday, April 17th, peacefully in his sleep at home.  He was born in West Seneca on June 16, 1931, the son of the late Lee and Catherine (Esser) Kirkland.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart.  He worked as an Iron Worker for Union Local #6 in Buffalo.  He lived in Forestville for 30 years, loved the outdoors and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, of 52 years, Patricia M. (Nowak) Kirkland of Forestville.  two sons Mark  Kirkland, of Forestville, Matthew Kirkland, of Virginia, two sisters, Marion Frederickson, Rita, and two brothers, Howard and Marty Kirkland.  Also surviving are 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Robert Kirkland and by 2 sisters Dolores Sjyka & Joan.

There will be no visitation or services observed.  The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, Chestnut Street, Forestville, NY 14062.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to

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