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July 13, 1918 – Jan. 11, 2013

Clarence A. Hallen, of Clarence, a retired Amherst police officer and veteran of World War II, died Friday in Rosa Coplon Nursing Home at Weinberg Campus, Getzville, after a short illness. He was 94.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Hallen attended Hutchinson-Central High School and worked in the office at Bethlehem Steel Corp. before he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served from 1941 to 1945, attaining the rank of master sergeant.

After his wartime service, Mr. Hallen worked as a carpenter for M.J. Peterson Co. before he joined the Amherst Police Department.

He retired from the Amherst police in 1977 after 22 years of service.

Mr. Hallen was a member of Amherst Township Post 416,Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he had served both as commander and vice commander.

He also was a member of Alfred J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion, of Amherst.

He enjoyed playing golf and traveling.

Mr. Hallen survived his wife of 46 years, the former Alberta Pickert; and his wife of 11 years, the former Catherine Stahl.

Survivors include a son, Ronald, and a companion, Doris Pinney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.