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2017-12-06 / Obituaries

Michael Mackes, retired Army officer

Mackes Mackes Michael Mackes, 70, of East Amherst, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

Mr. Mackes was born on July 30, 1947, in Berwick, Pennsylvania. After graduating from East Rochester High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for three years.

He worked variously as a paramedic, Baltimore police officer and proprietor of his own security company. He earned associate and bachelor degrees in criminal justice from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Mackes served with the Army National Guard for about 20 years, working out of the Masten Avenue and Connecticut Street armories, and eventually rose to chief recruiting and induction officer for Western New York. He retired as a major.

He also worked as a reserve Erie County sheriff’s deputy in the Buffalo Holding Center and helped develop the after school Erie County sheriff’s Explorer Post 505 to introduce students to a career in law enforcement.

He retired from the Army in 1993 and started the Junior ROTC program at South Park High School and led it for 13 years. He also was a member of the National Rifle Association and won the following medals: Army Commendation, Humanitarian Service, National Defense, Conspicuous Service and NYS Commendation, as well as a master recruiting badge.

Mr. Mackes is survived by his wife, Melanie “Lonnie” (nee Wannamacher); two children, Matthew and Christopher; three grandchildren; and two siblings, Penny Roberts and Linda Faull.

A funeral service was held on Dec. 1 at the Amigone Funeral Home Inc. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo Inc.

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