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Lee F. Klein, longtime Pendleton town justice

Aug. 22, 1921 – March 3, 2017

Lee F. Klein, who served as Pendleton town justice for 26 years, died Friday in Odd Fellow and Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Lockport. He was 95.

Born in Pendleton, he was a graduate of North Tonawanda High School and served in the Army Air Corps as a ground crewman in World War II, stationed on Saipan.

Returning from service, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo and worked as an engineer at Harrison Radiator Corp. for 25 years. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Klein was appointed Pendleton town justice in 1981 and served until 2007.

He was a member of the New York State Magistrates Association.

In the 1960s, he was president of the Starpoint Central School District Board of Education.

He also was a longtime member of Pendleton Historical Society and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ-Shawnee.

His wife of 72 years, the former Betty R. Hildebrandt, who served as his court clerk, died Feb. 11.

Survivors include a son, L. Cort; a daughter, Kris McLean; three step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter.

Services March 7 will be private.

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