Howard H. Bucy Jr., 85

November 19, 2009

FEB. 12, 1924-NOV. 13, 2009

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Howard H. Bucy Jr., 85, of 7316 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, Pa., died at 3:27 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in the Chambersburg Hospital, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Williamsport, Pa., on Feb. 12, 1924. He later was a resident of Hagerstown, Md.

Howard was the son of the late Howard H. Sr. and Aldean L. Dubler Bucy. He is survived by his wife, Ada E. (Betty) Alleman Bucy, whom he married on May 10, 1963. They were married for 46 years.

He attended Hagerstown High School and furthered his education at the Mercersburg Academy.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as a Pharmacist's Mate from 1943 to 1946. He was stationed on the USS LST 678 off Iwo Jima, off-shore from Mount Suribachi, February-March 1945. The servicemen on shore raised the American flag at Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.


He was awarded military commendations for service in the Pacific Theater, the American Theater and Philippines Liberation, as well as the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. In addition, he received the PA Legislative Commendation and Medal Honoring World War II Veterans of Franklin County.

Upon returning from the service, he worked various jobs in Hagerstown prior to being hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he held the position of Freight Agent. He retired from Conrail Railroad on Aug. 15, 1981, having worked there for 32 years.

Howard was a member of Clarence Armstrong VFW Post 6241 and the Harry Lackhove American Legion 517, both of Mercersburg; the Eagles Club Inc. of Waynesboro; the Pennsylvania LST and the National LST Associations. He was also a member of the National AARP and the Mercersburg Tuscarora Senior Activity Center.

He enjoyed riding his moped, watching TV and VCRs, and listening to music; he was also a lover of animals.

In addition to his wife, Howard is survived by a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law, Raymond A. and Isabell E. Alleman. Three nephews and their wives: Raymond A. Jr. and Patricia Alleman; Charles R. Alleman; and Robert W. and Jennifer Alleman. Two great-nephews, Justin and John Christian Alleman; a great-niece, Kathryn Alleman; and a cousin and her husband, Clair L. and Edward German, also survive. Howard was the last of his immediate family.

Services will be held at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Mercersburg, on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, with visitation at 1 p.m. and the service at 2 p.m. The Rev. Harold E. Yeager will officiate; eulogies will be given by Dr. W. David Kent and William H. Payne. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg, with military graveside services conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW No. 1599 of Chambersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made in Howard's name to the American Heart Association, 417A Phoenix Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201 or to the National Parkinson Foundation, 111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 250, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

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