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Arthur Hack Jr., 89, was World War I veteran

Published 9:34 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Arthur John Hack Jr., 89, of Redding, died at home Oct. 30. He was the husband of Fern Exner Hack.

Mr. Hack was born Aug. 24, 1923, in Rockville Centre, N.Y., son of the late Arthur John and Emmy Begas Hack Sr. He had lived in the New Milford and Kent area since 1961, having moved from Huntington, N.Y. Mr. Hack attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the 3rd Infantry Division in the U.S. Army. He saw action in North Africa, Sicily, the Anzio landing in Italy, southern France and Germany, where his platoon was first to reach Hitler's Alpine retreat at Berchtesgaden. His decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, which he received for leading a column of tanks through a minefield in Italy while under enemy fire.

Mr. Hack was regional sales manager for International Silver Co. in New York City for 35 years, retiring in 1984.

He became an avid bridge player after playing bridge commuting on the train. He continued to love and play duplicate bridge for many years.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Mr. Hack is survived by three daughters, Melody Devlin, and her husband, William, of New Milford; Lori Elgin and Cynthia Correll, of St. Louis; five granddaughters, Shauna and Danielle Devlin, Lisa Ponder, Julie Longo and Mary Elgin; and a great-granddaughter, Geneva Longo.

A memorial service will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at Meadow Ridge Retirement Community, 100 Redding Road, Redding. Burial will follow with military honors at Flanders Cemetery, Flanders Lane, Kent.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury CT 06810, or to the VA CT Healthcare System, West Haven Campus, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven CT 06516, Attn: Voluntary Services.