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Robert Malek, co-owner of Royal Hut Restaurant Oct. 8, 1918 -- June 18, 2012

Robert Malek, a World War II Army veteran who served in the South Pacific, died Monday in Delaware Nursing Home, Buffalo. He was 93.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Malek graduated from Technical High School. A Williamsville resident, he served in the South Pacific during the war.

After returning home, Mr. Malek became the co-owner and manager of Frontier Tobacco & Candy on William Street in Buffalo. In 1956, he went to work for Kaufman's Bakery as a driver and salesman.

Mr. Malek left that job in 1970, when he became president and co-owner of the Royal Hut Restaurant on Union Road in West Seneca with his son, Michael. He helped run the restaurant until 1980, when it was sold to the Gardenview Restaurant.

In addition to his son, he is survived by two daughters, Flossie Ziolkowski and Rachelle Malek.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Elmlawn Cemetery, 3939 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.