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Jesse C. Newbury, 74, a former volunteer fire chief in Wheatfield and a chemical plant control room operator in Niagara Falls, died Thursday (Jan. 27, 2000) in Olean General Hospital after a brief illness.

Newbury was born in Rexville, and attended Coudersport High School, Coudersport, Pa.

He served 25 months in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star in action in Europe. Newbury was a corporal in the 86th Division, 341st Infantry Regiment, Company H. Upon the surrender of Germany, he was transferred to the Pacific Theater and was in the Philippines when Japan surrendered. He was awarded several other medals and ribbons.

After the war, Newbury worked at the Niagara Falls plant of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. for 27 years, retiring in 1977. He then moved to Cuba.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Newbury served for six years as chief of the St. Johnsburg Fire Company. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Wheatfield.

He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cuba and the Dupont 25-Year Club.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Jean M. Allyn; a son, Danny C. of Limestone; a daughter, Linda Lehr of Niagara Falls; two brothers, William of Ulysses, Pa., and Milton of Abingdon, Va.; two sisters, Margaret Doty of Rexville and Alberta Bartle of Georgetown; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Otto Redanz Funeral Home LaSalle Park Chapel, 2215 Military Road, Town of Niagara. Burial will be in Niagara Falls Memorial Park Cemetery, Lewiston.


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