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July 12, 1921 – March 4, 2014

Harry Mesches, of Eggertsville, a World War II veteran who owned and operated a chain of dry-cleaning stores, died Tuesday in Buffalo Veterans Affairs Health Care Hospice. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and did odd jobs to help support his family during the Depression.

After graduating, he worked at Bell Aircraft, training production workers.

Mr. Mesches served in World War II with the Army Air Forces, flying 50 missions as a navigator on a B-24 Liberator with the 449th Bomb Group over North Africa, Italy and Eastern Europe. He took part in the second mission over Ploesti, Romania. Returning to the United States, he trained other navigators.

After he was discharged, he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buffalo and started a dry-cleaning business, One Hour Veri-Cleaning, which he expanded to 23 locations. He retired in the late 1980s.

An Eggertsville resident since 1959, he was a former member of Temple Beth El and a member of Temple Sinai. He also was a member of the Forum Club and former treasurer of the Neighborhood Dry Cleaning Association.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Georgia Kolber; two daughters, Susan and Cheryl; a son, Steven; a brother, Arthur; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today in Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.