Richard G. Buckwalter, 92, farmer, worked at Musser’s Potato Chip Co., enjoyed being outdoors

By on July 12, 2017

Richard G. “Dick” Buckwalter, 92, of Lititz, and formerly of Manor Township, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the United Zion Retirement Community.

Born in East Lampeter Township, on July 29, 1924, he was the son of the late John H. and Gertrude Groff Buckwalter, and the stepson of the late Mary Lefever Buckwalter.

Richard was the loving husband of Margaret E. “Peggy” Hess Buckwalter and they would have observed their 70th wedding anniversary on July 19.

For many years Richard owned and operated the family farm in Manor Township which has now been part of the family for several generations. He was also employed by New Holland Machine Co. and Musser’s Potato Chip Co.

Richard was a faithful member of Millersville Mennonite Church. He loved the hymns of the church and read his Bible through many times during his life. Richard enjoyed the outdoors, especially working in his garden and taking care of his lawn, and helping with the upkeep of the farm after his retirement. He loved his family, and treasured the times spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Peggy, is a son: Michael R., husband of Joan Wolgemuth Buckwalter, of Columbia; three grandchildren: Matthew R. Buckwalter of Lancaster; Jonathan M., husband of Caroline Reist Buckwalter, of Lancaster; Katie, wife of Brian Kiefer, of Columbia; four great-grandchildren: Owen, Molly, August, Easton; a half-sister: Ann Smoker of Lancaster; and a half-brother: Paul, husband of Hedy Buckwalter, of Lancaster.

Preceding him in death is a son: Robert L. Buckwalter; a brother: Harold Buckwalter; and a sister: Arlene Martin.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Richard’s memorial service at the Millersville Mennonite Church, 437 Manor Ave., Millersville, on Thursday, July 13, at 11 a.m. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Richard’s memory to: United Zion Retirement Community Caring Fund, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543; or Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., P.O. Box 7267, Lancaster, PA 17604-7267.

To send the family online condolences, visit Arrangements by Buch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Lititz.

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