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Lawrence F. Babcock, WWII veteran, engineer <br> Jan. 31, 1925 -- Sept. 25, 2009

Lawrence F. Babcock, a World War II veteran and retired engineer from Clarence, died Friday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

Born in Jamestown, Mr. Babcock graduated from Jamestown High School.

He joined the Army for 2 1/2 years during World War II, when he served under Gen. George Patton throughout the Allied invasion and occupation of Europe. He fought in four campaigns and was awarded the combat infantry badge and the Bronze Star.

After the war, Mr. Babcock went to the University of Iowa, earning a bachelor's degree in electrical/electronic engineering in 1950.

He worked from 1950 to 1986 as an electronics engineer at Bell Aircraft, where his assignments included chief of flight tests for electronic equipment.

Since retiring in 1986, his major hobby has been collecting antique radios. Mr. Babcock also researched his family genealogy, tracing his roots to ancestors who came to America on the Mayflower, and published a 200-page book on his family history.

Mr. Babcock enjoyed gardening in the summer and a trip to Florida in the winter. He was a member of the Clarence United Methodist Church and the Aero Club of Buffalo for more than 50 years.

Mr. Babcock is survived by his wife 56 years, the former Dorothy E. Heinicke; two daughters, Susan Williams and Sally Ann Clark; and a son, Jerome.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Clarence United Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Road.

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