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Karl P. Muehlbauer, who spent 34 years in the Buffalo Police Department and commanded two precincts as a captain, died Tuesday (July 22, 1997) in Erie County Medical Center after a monthlong illness. He was 87.

The Buffalo resident was a 1928 graduate of Canisius High School. He attended Fordham University and graduated from Canisius College in 1932.

He joined the Police Department in 1941. In 1942, enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served with its weather department in California. In June 1943, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and performed civil administration work in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England, France, Luxembourg and Germany before being discharged as a captain in March 1946.

Muehlbauer returned to the Police Deparment and in 1949 was promoted to lieutenant. In 1961, he was promoted to captain and served on the relief circuit. He spent 3 1/2 years as assistant chief of detectives and then as head of the Genesee and Louisiana stations before retiring in 1975.

He enjoyed making wooden furniture and was an enthusiastic lover of nature.

While in London in 1943, he married Patricia Hartigan, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Myra Lucero of Orchard Park, Diana Crawford of Buffalo and Ann O'Halloran of Hawaii; a sister, Helen Dobmeier of Eggertsville; and five grandchildren.

A private funeral is planned.

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