ALMOND-Erwin Allen “Al” Bischer, 90, formerly of the McHenry Valley Road, passed away early Wednesday morning (Dec. 9, 2015) at Hornell Gardens, where he has resided the past five years.
Born near Philadelphia, Pa. on May 18, 1925, he was the only child of the late Mabel and Erwin A. Bischer, Sr.; he was resided there and on the family dairy farm near Lockport, N.Y.
Al enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 1, 1948 and was promoted through the ranks to First Sergeant. He served with the 2ND BN 6TH Armored Corps of the U.S. Occupation Forces near Landshut, Germany. He completed company officer training as well as several technical courses and continued his service as a Second Lieutenant with CCA 3RD Armored Division at Fort Knox, KY. After his honorable discharge in 1953 as a First Lieutenant, Al continued serving the nation as a reserve officer with Company “L” 390TH Infantry in Lockport, N.Y. until 1963.
He was employed by the New York State Corrections System in several facilities and completed his corrections service as a Training Lieutenant at the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility.
On Nov. 25, 1967 he was married in Springville, N.Y. to the former Rose Marie Gimbrone of Niagara County. Al and Rose were former residents of East Aurora, N.Y. and Warwick, N.Y. and in 1983 he retired as a Correctional Lieutenant and moved to Almond where he and Rose quietly pursued their mutual interest of gardening, lawn care and fishing until her unexpected death on June 27, 2008, after 40 years of marriage.
A former member of the Charlottesville Masonic Lodge No. 73 F & AM in Newfane, N.Y., Al will be remembered for his quick, dry wit, for being a surrogate grandfather to neighborhood children and his love of horseracing, the outdoors, gardening, the NY Mets, the Buffalo Bills, NASCAR races and trout fishing.
He was the last of his immediate family and is survived by a number of cousins and numerous relatives by marriage and many close and dear friends, who extend special thanks to the staff and friends at Hornell Gardens for the wonderful care Al received the past five years.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family and friends of Erwin Allen “Al” Bischer.
Calling hours are 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where a funeral service will be held following calling hours at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be at Heritage Hill Cemetery, Arkport.
Online condolences or remembrances of Al are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.