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Robert L. Walch Jr., 77, of Lockport-Olcott Road, a retired product engineer at Harrison Division, General Motors Corp., died Thursday (Oct. 2, 1997) in his home.

A native of Elmira, he had worked for 27 years at Harrison before his retirement in 1980.

A decorated World War II Army veteran, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He received the Silver Star for gallantry while leading a tank position in the 1944 Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

He had served as a warden of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Burt, and was active as a church council member. He was a member of Newfane Lodge 947, F&AM, and had been scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 88.

He had served as chairman of the advisory council of the Lockport Senior Centre, now the Dale Association. An avid sailor, he was a member of the Wilson Yacht Club and enjoyed racing. He was an ice skating dancer and a member of the Buffalo Skating Club.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the former Betty Jane Frantz; a son, James D. of Fairfield, Ohio; a daughter, Barbara Krause of Thorndike, Maine; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew's Church, Wilson-Burt and West Creek roads. Burial will be in Corwin Cemetery.


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