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Arthur E. Hanley of Mill Road, West Falls, died Thursday (Oct. 16, 1997) in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 79.

A Buffalo native, Hanley retired as an inspector for consulting engineers -- companies involved in such projects as the construction of the Thruway, Grand Island Bridges, Route 219 and the Aurora Expressway. He also was employed as a custodian at East Aurora Middle School.

Hanley, who had lived in Fredonia, was an Army veteran of World War II and served as a platoon sergeant in the Pacific Theater. He participated in several campaigns in the southern Philippines, East Indies, Papua and New Guinea and earned several Bronze Stars.

Hanley was a member of St. George's Catholic Church in West Falls and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Dragon Hanley of West Falls, and a brother, Raymond of the Town of Tonawanda.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 2 p.m. Monday in St. George's Church, Old Glenwood Road, West Falls. Private entombment was in Lakeside Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Town of Hamburg.[rrdda]

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