David M. ‘Bucky’ Buckwalter, 88, Korea vet, former Adamstown mayor, Stevens postmaster

By on March 29, 2017

David M. “Bucky” Buckwalter, 88, Denver, formerly of Adamstown, died Mar. 21, 2017, in Lancaster General Hospital

Born in East Cocalico Township, a son of the late Milton G. and Maggie (Ludwig) Buckwalter, he was a 1946 East Cocalico High School graduate and a Korean War Army veteran.

Bucky farmed in High School, worked Pfautz Green Grocer Truck, served as Stevens Post Office postmaster 1954 to 84, and last at Weaver’s Markets, Adamstown. At St. Paul’s Evangelical Congregational Church he was 1989 Layman of the Year, Lay delegate to both annual and general conferences, Sunday school teacher and board member.

He served as Adamstown Mayor from 2004 to 2013, and was on council He was past president and chaplain of the Lancaster County Chapter of Postmasters, and a member of the National Association of Postmasters. He was a life member of Stevens Fire Company where he was president, secretary, chief, assistant chief, chief driver, and captain of the fire police. He was the longtime secretary of the Ludwig Family Association; and past president of the Mellinger’s Cemetery board.

Surviving are his children: Deborah Zerbe, Denver; Nancy Hackman, Ephrata; and Barry (Patricia Sanders) Harting, Stevens; grandchildren: David, Douglas II, Mindy, Melissa, Elizabeth, and Emily; and great-grandchildren: Landon, Tyler, Kiley, Mya, Lorelei, Evan, Christian, Madison, Josephine, and Norah.

He was predeceased by his wives: Thelma A. (Althouse) Buckwalter, in 1985; and Betty J. (Kring) Harting Buckwalter, in 2014; a sister: Kathryn Sweigart; and brothers: Elmer and Richard.

Services were held March 26 at St. Paul’s E. C. Church, Reamstown, with Revs. Kirk R. Marks and Rev. J. Theodore Rathman officiating. Graveside committal with military honors was in Mellinger’s Cemetery, Schoeneck.

Please omit flowers, and contributions to his church: St. Paul’s E. C. Church, 46 E. Church St., Reamstown, PA 17567-0275.

Good Funeral Home, Reamstown, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be given at goodfuneral.com.

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