Ray W. Bergenstock Sr., 84, a medical officer at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, died Sept. 15, 2000, in his West Ferry Street home after a short illness.
A native of Allentown, Pa., and a 1938 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Bergenstock served as a first lieutenant with the 76th infantry division of the U.S. Army in World War II. He served as an ambulance officer during the Battle of the Bulge and has the distinction of receiving the surrender of several German towns as his division advanced across Nazi Germany.
On July 5, 1945, Bergenstock married the former Emily M. Schulz of Buffalo in Vittel, France. His late wife was a lieutenant of the Army Nurse Corps and the Buffalo General 23rd Hospital Unit. Mrs. Bergenstock was a 1941 graduate of the Buffalo Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing and served with the 23rd unit in Italy and France. She died in 1980.
After the war, the Bergenstocks settled in Buffalo, where he worked as a analytical chemist and Allied Chemical's National Aniline Plant until he retired in 1971.
Bergenstock was a member of the Docent Organization of the Buffalo Zoo and was active in the Education Department and the World of Wildlife exhibit at the zoo.
He is survived by five sons, Charles of Charlotte, N.C., David and John of Portland, Ore., and Ray Jr. and Peter; two daughters, Suzanne Johnston of Waukesha, Wis., and Lori Bauer of Naperville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held for Bergenstock at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo.