Howard Lewis Buck, 80, of Brookville, died on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
Born on April 22, 1933, Howard was the son of Admiral Frank Buck and Ida Mae Tice Buck.
On Jan. 31, 1958, he married Avrilla Hilliard, who survives, in South Bethlehem, Pa.
Howard was veteran of the United States Army, having served as Sgt. First Class HV Tank Company, 15th Infantry Regiment in the Korean War from May 28, 1953, to May 16, 1955. During this time period, he was cited for meritorious service and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
His outstanding dependability and cheerfulness in carrying out his assigned duties materially contributed to the high state of morale in his unit. SFC Buck’s outstanding skill, initiative and untiring devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
He worked for 35 years as a store manager for Brown’s Boot Shop in Brookville, Pa., and for 15 years worked for Clarion University in Clarion, Pa. in housekeeping and grounds maintenance.
Howard was a member of the American Legion Post No. 102 in Brookville.
He enjoyed his daily walks and visiting with people along the way. He also enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and hunting. But he especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their many sporting events throughout the years.
Surviving relatives included two sons, Mark Buck (Melissa) of Brookville and David Buck (Diane) of Brookville; a daughter, Susan Slimak (Darryl) of State College, Pa.; one brother, Frank Buck of Brookville; and a sister, Clara Ion of Shippenville, Pa.; and six grandchildren, Heather
Hogan (Jimmy), Jennifer Buck, Jason Buck, Bryan Buck, Morgan Slimak and Emily Slimak.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilbur and Vernon Buck; and two sisters, Harriet Bajoraitis and Florence Finnefrock.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, from 1 to 3 p.m. at McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville.
A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Kevin Bockus officiating.
Interment will be at Lakelawn Memorial Park in Reynoldsville.
Donations in Howard's memory can be made to the charity of the donor's