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Henry A. Poppendeck, Bethlehem Steel supervisor

Aug. 13, 1922 – Jan. 12, 2016

Henry A. Poppendeck, a former engineering supervisor at Bethlehem Steel, died Jan. 12 in his Getzville home. He was 93.

Mr. Poppendeck was born in Buffalo, graduated from South Park High School and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He began work at Bethlehem Steel when the war ended and, with the GI Bill, attended the University of Buffalo.

He took one course per semester for 15 years, and eventually obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

He rose to engineering supervisor at the steel plant before retiring in 1979.

Active in civic groups and church, Mr. Poppendeck was a past master of Buffalo Masonic Lodge 846, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Ismailia Shrine and a member of St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Hamburg. He helped with renovations and upkeep at the church’s youth camp in Dunkirk.

Mr. Poppendeck enjoyed fishing and hunting, and had a keen interest in all things mechanical, especially cars.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Janice; three daughters, Diane, Nancy Sabo and Carole; three sons, Neil, Mark and Keith; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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