The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770
Portville, New York
Melvin H. VanCuren, Jr.
September 11, 1939 - March 8, 2008
PORTVILLE - Melvin H. VanCuren, Jr., of
1425 Yubadam Road died Saturday (March
8, 2008) in the Olean General Hospital after
a brief illness.
Born Sept. 11, 1939, in Olean, he was a son
of the late Melvin H. and Marjorie Amsden
VanCuren, Sr.  On Aug. 26, 1961, in
Salamanca, he married the former Ellyson
"Ellie" Roberts, who survives.
Mr. VanCuren was a graduate of Portville
Central School, class of 1957, and the
University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy
in 1961.  In high school, he played varsity
He was also a member of the University of
Buffalo football team.
Mel and his brother, Charles, bought the
family-owned Portville Pharmacy in 1976
from their father, who had owned and
operated the pharmacy since 1944.
He was a charter member of the Portville
Lions Club, a member of Portville Lodge
579 F&AM, Portville United Methodist
Church, Portville Country Club and the
National Community Pharmacist's
An avid hunter and fisherman, he hunted
big game and fished in Alaska with his son,