David Robert Buch, 89, Korea vet, long-time pilot, owned The Pretzel House, Hoffy’s Tavern

By on August 9, 2017

David Robert “Bob” Buch, 89, of Elizabethtown, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Bob was born in Lititz on May 11, 1928. He was the son of Robert R. and Helen (Hacker) Buch of Lititz and Lincoln.

He is survived by a daughter: Connie Buch of New York; and grandchildren: Amy Sach of Boston, Mass.; Abby and Ben Woodhouse of Suffield, Conn.; and a brother: Fred N. Buch of Ephrata.

He was predeceased by two daughters: Marcia Buch and Lori Woodhouse; and a sister: Jean B. Miller.

Bob graduated from the Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J. (‘46); and Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster (‘50). He left immediately following college for Navy pilot training in Pensacola, Fla., where he received his Commission and Wings of Gold as a Navy Jet Carrier Pilot in 1951.

As one of the pilots from VF-82, he evaluated the First Angled Deck Carrier in the U.S. Navy, Antietam CV36. He also flew earlier Fighter Propeller Planes from the Straight Deck Carriers, Monterey and Cabot. After five years of active duty (Korean Conflict) and 35 years in the reserves, he received his Honorable Discharge in 1983.

Locally, in the 1960s, he and his brother, Fred, owned and operated the Buch Music Houses, in Lancaster, Ephrata, and Lebanon. Bob and his family also owned and operated The Pretzel House and Hoffy’s Tavern in Lititz; and Buch Records which originated and produced the Professor Schnitzel records and tapes.

In 1969, Bob moved to Florida and owned Omni Communications Consultants Inc. with clients in the restaurant and private club businesses. Most recently, upon retirement, he was a marketing consultant in Fort Pierce, Jupiter, and Fort Lauderdale.

From 2007 to 2011, he flew with the U.S. Air Force Aux CAP Squadron, Florida Air Wing 4, flying out of Fort Pierce. He also flew missions for Homeland Security, FEMA, U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Search and Rescue, thus ending a flying career that started with soloing a Piper Cub at the Lancaster Airport in 1944 while still in high school.

Locally, he was a member of the Sell Chapel, Masonic Village, Elizabethtown; and the Masonic Lodge and American Legion in Ephrata.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Please omit flowers.

Those who desire may make donations in Bob’s memory to Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

To send online condolences, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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