Roger Buzzard, 81

Roger James Buzzard, 81, Huntington, died at 5:39 a.m. Sunday Dec. 15, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. He was born on June 26, 1932, the son of Elbridge and Laura (Kocher) Buzzard in Wabash.

Roger graduated from Lagro High School in 1950.  He married Juanita Burkholder on April 5, 1953 at College Park Church in Huntington. He graduated from Huntington College in 1955 and received his master’s degree from Michigan State University. He worked as a professor at Huntington College for ten years. After 29 years of service at Manchester College, he retired in 1997 as a Professor Emeritus.  He was a member of the Huntington City Council for four years and he served as member of the American Red Cross Board. Roger was also a licensed private pilot.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in India for a summer, and will be remembered by many students.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Juanita Buzzard, Huntington; two sons, Scott Buzzard, Huntington and Brian (Xu) Buzzard, East Amherst, N.Y.; two daughters, Jennifer (Dan) Lance, Roanoke and Karen Bucher, North Manchester; two sisters-in-law, Ava Buzzard and Freda Buzzard, both of Huntington; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. His parents and four brothers, Wallace Buzzard, Dean Buzzard, Rex Buzzard, and Murl Buzzard preceded him in death. 

Visitation of family and friends will be held from 2–6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington, Indiana.

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Posted on 2013 Dec 16