Albert F Hejnal, 88, of Red Hook, NY, passed away on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 at his home.
He was born on February 7, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, son of the late Irma Otellia Anna Long Hejnal and late John Albert Hejnal. He married Marlene Ida Mae Bowman in St Louis on December 25, 1952 and she survives at home in Red Hook.
Albert graduated from the Crystal City High School as class valedictorian in 1947. He served in the US Army as a radar mechanic having been trained at Fort Bliss, TX and then assigned to duty in Korea and Japan.
He earned an AB in Education from Harris Teachers College in St. Louis and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Washington University of St. Louis. He was a member of Tau Beta Phi, the engineering Honor Fraternity.
Albert was employed by IBM in Kingston for thirty years as a logic designer for large computer systems from which he retired in 1987. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.
He was active as an adult in Boy Scouting, working in many capacities at the local troop level and district level. He was a Wood Badge member and received the Scouting Award of Merit.
He was an active volunteer at the Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY and did restoration of trolleys at the Kingston Trolley Museum. Albert was also active in many capacities of the United Methodist Church, and did construction work and cooking for youth at United Methodist camps, and participated in mission projects in Haiti and Iowa.
Albert was active in the Masonic organization, having been Master of the Hendrick Hudson Lodge of Red Hook in 1970, served 6 years as Assistant Grand Lecturer for the Dutchess District, and received the appointment of Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska near the Grand Lodge of New York.
He enjoyed hobbies of gardening, cooking, canning, woodworking and handicraft. In the late 90's he entered a hand sewn quilt in the Dutchess County Fair and received awards for the best quilt and the best sewn item of that year's fair.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by a son, Alan S. Hejnal of Burke, VA: a daughter, Eileen I. L. Bozzolo of Apalachin, New York; a brother, Ira M. Hejnal of St. Louis, Missouri; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; along with several nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.
He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth Lee Hejnal in 2013.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm. Members of the Hendrick Hudson Lodge will hold Masonic services at 6:30 pm. Interment in St. John's Reformed Church Cemetery in Upper Red Hook, NY will be private.
Memorial donations may be made in Albert's memory to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund- c/o: Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875 Free & Accepted Masons, 9 Graves St, Red Hook, NY 12571.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.
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