Jack Herbert Hallenbeck


Jack Herbert Hallenbeck, 89, a lifelong resident of Hudson, NY, passed away Wednesday afternoon surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. Jack was born on March 21, 1932, in Hudson, NY, to the late Anna Hallenbeck. Jack, a devoted husband, loving father and caring grandfather and great-grandfather, was predeceased by his wife of sixty years, Elizabeth (Betty) Hallenbeck. Jack and Betty shared the same date and year of birth, born at the same hospital - proving to be inseparable from the very beginning. Together, they raised four beloved children: Deborah Hallenbeck of Malta, NY; Donna (Thomas) Burns of Hudson, NY; Diane Mallery, of Rensselaer, NY; and David (Jodi) Hallenbeck of Rensselaer, NY. Jack leaves behind two grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Hensel of Castleton, NY, and Jennifer Burns of Hudson, NY, and two great-grandchildren, Addison and Julia Hensel. Jack is survived by lifelong friend, Blanche Hawks and her family, and he is predeceased by lifelong friend, Ed Hawks. Jack was the definition of a true gentleman - selfless, generous, loyal, and loving - and he always put others before himself, even in his final days. Jack (Papa) was adored by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his legacy will live on through them. Jack graduated from Hudson High School in 1949 and proudly served three years in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in both the US and Japan. He obtained the rank of Sergeant. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Jack worked for the V&O Press and L&B Corp, from which he retired. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and New York State Medal of Merit for his military service. Jack was past chairman and member of Columbia County Honor-a-Vet, past commander and member of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 283, as well as a member of the Greenbush Reformed Church, VFW Post 1314, Greenport Seniors, and Columbia County Golden Agers. One of Jack’s proudest accomplishments, besides his family, was helping the Korean War Veteran’s raise the funds to erect a Korean War Memorial in Hudson, NY. Jack was dedicated to honoring the county’s deceased veterans and was active in veteran’s affairs. Jack’s family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene Counties. The member’s help and support brought comfort and peace to Jack and his family. Calling hours are Sunday July 25 From 2:00 - 5:00 at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler on Monday July 26 at 10:30. Interment will be in the Mellenville Union Cemetery in Mellenville, NY with military honors. Donations can be made in honor of Jack to the Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene Counties or Greenbush Reformed Church.

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