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Weldon Hackett, World War II veteran

Weldon H. Hackett, 94, of Fulton, died Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Michaud Residential Health Services.

He was born Nov. 11, 1917 in Massena but lived most of his school years in Fulton. He graduated from Fulton High School in 1934 and Clarkson College of Technology in 1938, receiving a degree of bachelor of civil engineering.

In 1941, he entered the Air Force where he was commissioned as a flight engineer, serving in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II.

He had attended Officers Training School at Yale University. He was separated from service in 1946 as a Captain. He re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until 1962 when he retired as a major.

After his military career, he served as commissioner of transportation for Onondaga County until his retirement in 1975.

Oct. 25, 1941, he married Eleanor Mayback of Fulton and they resided in Liverpool for 20 years. He had owned a cottage on Lake Ontario in the town of New Haven for over 50 years where fishing and golf were his passions. He enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. including Hawaii and Alaska.

Since his retirement in 1975, he had spent six months of the year in Zephyrhills, Fla., enjoying the weather and sports.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton throughout his entire life and was a member the Zephyrhills Moose Lodge since 1984.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eleanor M. Hackett; several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Jeannine Boyce.

Calling hours and services were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions may be made to a charity.

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