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Robert Hetzel, 70, of Orchard Park, a retired executive of Industrial Power and Lighting Corp., died Monday (Sept. 29, 1997) in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.

A native of Buffalo and a graduate of Technical High School, Hetzel served in the European Theater during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was in the Army Rangers and the 405th Regiment, 102nd Infantry.

He graduated from Ohio University with a degree in electrical engineering and served as vice president of engineering for Industrial Power and Lighting for 30 years. He retired in 1990.

Hetzel supervised the electrical construction for several major local projects, including Bethlehem Steel Corp., Republic Steel Corp., Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, the Buffalo Hilton, the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott in Amherst and Rich Stadium, which was his favorite because he was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and a season ticket holder since 1960.

He was a member of several professional organizations, including the Engineering Society of Buffalo.

Hetzel had played Muny baseball, was a Cub Scout troop leader in Orchard Park and an avid stamp collector with memberships in several philatelic societies, including Universal Ship Cancellation Society, Rhodesian Study Circle and Sarawac Specialist Group. He enjoyed listening to Dixieland bands and barbershop quartets.

He is survived by his wife of more than 44 years, the former Janet M.L. Brines; six sons, Kenneth and Michael, both of San Jose, Calif., Clifford of East Aurora, Norman of the Town of Tonawanda, Andrew of Orchard Park and Brian; and a brother, Edward.

A private memorial service will be scheduled.[crke]

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