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Robert W. Hussa, WWII veteran, aeronautical industry retiree July 29, 1924 -- Feb. 12, 2009

LEWISTON -- Robert W. Hussa of Lewiston, a decorated veteran of World War II and aeronautical industry retiree, died Thursday in Mount St. Mary's Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Hussa was a decorated Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater. He participated in the D-Day invasion, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and French Legion of Honor.

He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and began working with Fairchild Guided Missiles and Republic Aviation on Long Island. After moving to Niagara Falls in 1965, he joined Bell Aerospace as a mechanical engineer and later became vice president of manufacturing before retiring.

He was a member of the Niagara Falls Country Club, National Rifle Association, Disabled American Veterans and the Metallurgical Society.

Mr. Hussa enjoyed woodworking, model building, photography, computers and working with stained glass.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Arlene H. Spenninger; one daughter, Pamela Nealon; and one brother, Walter.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rhoney Funeral Home, Cayuga and South Ninth Streets.


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