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Melvin M. Hartley, GM retiree, veteran <br> Sept. 19, 1929 -- Feb. 14, 2009

Melvin M. Hartley, who was active in veterans groups, died Saturday in his North Buffalo home. He was 79.

Born in Lewistown, Pa., he served in the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

Returning from service in 1953, he moved to Buffalo and worked for 37 years in the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant, first on the assembly line, then as a heavy-machine repairman. He was a member of the Local 774, United Auto Workers, retirees.

Mr. Hartley was past commander and quartermaster of Honor Roll Post 2430, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was a member of Harry E. Crosby Post 2472, Veterans of Foreign Wars; Post 3, AMVETS; and Niagara Frontier Post 1041, American Legion, where he served on the funeral detail and participated in 21-gun salutes.
He also was a member of the Parish Council and the Holy Name Society of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and then Assumption Catholic Church after the two parishes were consolidated.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Catherine R. Karpie; two sons, Douglas and Roger; and a daughter, Sandra Chambers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St.


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