Josie E. ‘Joe’ Buckwalter, 84, life-long farmer, helped develop Bent Creek Country Club, enjoyed antiquing

By on August 13, 2014

Josie E. “Joe” Buckwalter, of Lititz, passed away quietly, surrounded by his family, at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at the age of 84.

Joe was the son of the late David R. and E. Marie (Esbenshade) Buckwalter.

He was a loving husband and dedicated father. Joe farmed as a young boy with his brothers and parents. He and his wife of 63 years farmed what became their homestead on Koser Road, where they raised their five children.

Joe graduated from Manheim Township High School. He was a board member of the Lancaster Stockyards and a partner in the development of Bent Creek Country Club. He was a member of the Lancaster Church of the Brethren where he served as a deacon. Joe enjoyed following the cattle market, growing crops, antiquing, and playing card games with family and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife: Nancy (Hershey) Buckwalter of Manheim; five children: Patsy (Mario) Pugliese of Lititz, Margaret Deihm of Lancaster, J. Edward (Joy Hollinger) of Lititz, Michael (Catherine George) of Marietta, and Barbara (Bruce) Williams of Gibsonia. He was a grandfather to 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: David E., Richard E., and James E., all formerly of Lititz.

Services were held Aug. 12 at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Lancaster, with Dr. J. Calvin Wenger and Pastor Jeffrey B. Rill officiating. Interment followed in East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster, PA, or to Occupational Development Center, 640 Martha Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601.

To place a condolence online, visit Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, was in charge of the arrangements.

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