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George David Haulenbeek Obituary
George David Haulenbeek

AGE: 95 • Lakewood

George David Haulenbeek, age 95, died peacefully at home on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. George was born in Newark, NJ and raised in Belmar. He raised his family in Brielle, moved to Macon, GA in 1991, returning to Lakewood in 2000. He graduated from Asbury Park High School and then attended Mercersberg Academy. George went to work in the family business, Rock Spring Water Company, South Orange. After being introduced by friends to Elaine Smith from Point Pleasant, he went home and told his parents that he met the girl he was going to marry. Then World War II broke out and life for him, as for everyone, completely changed. George's experience in WWII defined him as a man. As the nose gunner in a B24 Liberator Bomber stationed in the mountainous jungles of New Guinea, George learned to face fear with courage, exhaustion with determination, loss with a stiff upper lip and danger with calmness. He was always proud of the role he played as part of the Scott Project that refined the use of the then top secret Nordon bomb site and low altitude precision anti-submarine bombing. He was then and always a loyal friend, a creative problem solver and a good poker player. He learned he was best at giving orders, not following them. After three years of war, George came home to his wife Elaine determined to chart his own course and never complain. No matter what illness or problem beset him, his response was always- "well, it's still better than being in New Guinea." He was a self- employed Realtor and developer noted for Shore Acres and Sands Point Harbor in 1950 and 60's. He was a founding father of the VFW Juneau Post Belmar, active in the Brielle-Spring Lake Rotary, the Republican Club of Brielle and an avid Red Sox fan. In his youth, he was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, Bradley Beach.

He was predeceased by his first wife of thirty years, Elaine Smith Haulenbeek in 1971; his brother, John Haulenbeek Jr. and a sister, Iveryne Mulling. He is survived by his two daughters, Diane Haulenbeek of Lakewood, NJ and Gail Haulenbeek and son-in-law, William Schanck of Delmar, NY; a granddaughter, Taralisa Reinhart and her husband John and a great granddaughter, Allaire Reinhart; sister-in-laws, Jane Haulenbeek, Barbara Roselli and Joan Squirteri; a niece, Nancy Haulenbeek and her husband Rob Peterson and their children, Myles and Avery of Rumson, NJ; a nephew, John A. Haulenbeek and his wife Karen of Spring Lake, NJ.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 1 to 4pm on Sunday, January 12 at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. A Funeral service will be held at 3:30pm Sunday. Interment will be Monday 11am at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, NJ. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101 or Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 11, 2014
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