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Former Erie County Executive Rick Schenker Dies After Fighting Leukemia

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Former Erie County Executive Rick Schenker has died.  He passed away Thursday night at West Penn hospital in Pittsburgh, after a battle with leukemia. Sources say he had been in remission, but the disease returned. Schenker, was just 59-years-old.  

The republican served as county executive from 2002 to 2006.  County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper credited him with pushing the county into economic development activity and securing 8-million-dollars for the county Redevelopment Authority.  Dahlkemper is expected to request the county flag be ordered to half-staff on Monday in his memory.

After his term, Schenker focused on his faith, leading a christian apologetics organization called the "Christian Defender's Academy."

Schenker leaves behind a wife and daughter.  Dusckas Funeral home will handle arrangements, although a memorial service will be deferred to a later date.

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