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Rev. Dr. Harold K. Babb, Methodist minister Oct. 8, 1928 -- Feb. 11, 2009

The Rev. Dr. Harold K. Babb of Williamsville, who served a number of local Methodist congregations over a lengthy career, died Wednesday in Beechwood Continuing Care Center, Getzville. He was 80.

Mr. Babb, who was born in Hammond, Ind., served in the U.S. Army in South Korea from 1946 to 1948.

He attended Lake Forest College, Garrett Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary, where he completed his bachelor of divinity degree in 1956. He received his master of theology in 1968 at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and his doctor of divinity from Drew University in 1979.

Beginning in 1955, he served churches in Long Island and Connecticut and a number of churches in Western New York, including Niagara Falls, Lakewood, Geneseo, Chautauqua, Central Park Buffalo, Seneca Rochester, Lake Rochester and Orchard Park. He remained active after his retirement in 1992.

In addition to his devotion to ministry, Mr. Babb was a great storyteller, humorist and enjoyed classical music.

His wife, the former Ruby Brown, who died in 2006, was his partner in ministry.

He is survived by four brothers, Ronald, Thomas, Dennis and Daniel; and his good friend, the Rev. Calvin W. Babcock of Niagara Falls.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 in First United Methodist Church, 8210 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.

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