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Robert P. Korn, 98, plant engineer, business owner

March 7, 1916 – April 18, 2014

Robert Peter Korn, a World War II Navy veteran who worked for 47 years as a plant engineer and also owned a dry-cleaning business in Buffalo, died Friday in Fox Run Health Care Center, Orchard Park, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 98.

Mr. Korn, a Buffalo native who grew up on the city’s East Side, served in the U.S. Navy during the war as a Seabee. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands and on the island of Guam. His family recalled that he always reminded them that he served for exactly three years, seven months and 22 days.

He graduated from Seneca Vocational High School and worked at Henry & Henry Inc. as a stationary/plant engineer for his entire career before retiring at age 68 in April 1984.

He also owned the Town & Country Dry Cleaners on Michigan Avenue from 1949 until 1975, when he closed the business.

He married Dorothy Plummer in 1950, and they moved to Cheektowaga in 1956 and then to Elma in 1998, before he became a resident at Fox Run in 2012.

Survivors, besides his wife, include two daughters, Nancy Blaschak and Janet Hrinda; three sons, Robert C., Thomas and Paul; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 7580 Clinton St., at Schwartz Road, in Elma.

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