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Albert L. Hauber, Westinghouse production supervisor, Marine

Sept. 10, 1941 – July 1, 2015

Albert L. Hauber, a production supervisor and Marine veteran who played a role in the first U.S. manned flight into space, died Wednesday in his East Aurora home. He was 73.

Mr. Hauber was born in Buffalo, grew up in East Aurora, and graduated from East Aurora High School.

As a Marine aboard the USS Lake Champlain, he was assigned to be astronaut Alan Shepard’s personal bodyguard and helped retrieve the Mercury space capsule Shepard rode into space following the historic 1961 mission.

Mr. Hauber worked as a production supervisor for Westinghouse in Cheektowaga and Biometric Access Corp. in Texas.

He retired in 2003 after a 40-year career.

He was an avid hunter, fisher, bowler and golfer.

Survivors include his wife, the former Barbara A.Carini; a daughter, Andrea Meichenbaum; a son, Michael; a sister, Marylou Montgomery; and three grandchildren.

There will be no services.

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