ELMIRA — Richard H. Habeck, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
Richard was born in the Bronx, a son of Charles and Anna (Koch) Habeck.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Mosch Habeck; son, Michael J. Habeck; son-in-law, James Mahunik; and brother, Howard Habeck.
Richard is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth R. and Linda Habeck, of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; daughter, Karen A. Mahunik, of Moravia, N.Y.; along with 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Richard was a decorated World War II Army veteran serving in Central Europe and the Rhineland campaigns. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. On Nov. 14, 2015, Richard was part of the Twin Tiers Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Richard worked for New York State Corrections for 30 years retiring as a lieutenant. In earlier years he was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling. He loved camping with his family and upon his retirement bought a camper, traveling extensively throughout the eastern United States with Joyce. Richard enjoyed a Manhattan, or two, at the end of the day, or at dinner. He was a long time active member of the Westside United Methodist Church.
Friends are invited to calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at McInerny Funeral Home, 502 W. Water St., Elmira. A funeral service will be held there at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019. Interment with committal prayers and military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Those wishing may remember Richard with a donation to the Westside United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 744 W. Frist St., Elmira, NY 14905.