Roger J. Buzzard

Roger James Buzzard, 81, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at 5:39 a.m. at the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Buzzard graduated from Lagro High School in 1950 and from Huntington College in 1955, later earning a master's degree from Michigan State University. He worked as a professor at Huntington College for 10 years and at Manchester College for 29 years, retiring from Manchester in 1997 as professor emeritus.

He served on the Huntington Common Council for four years and was a member of the American Red Cross board of directors. He was a licensed private pilot and spent a summer in India as a Fulbright Scholar.

He was born June 26, 1932, in Wabash to Elbridge and Laura Kocher Buzzard. He married Juanita Burkholder on April 5, 1953, at College Park Church, in Huntington. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Scott Buzzard, of Huntington, and Brian (Xu) Buzzard, of East Amherst, NY; two daughters, Jennifer (Dan) Lance, of Roanoke, and Karen Bucher, of North Manchester; two sisters-in-law, Ava Buzzard and Freda Buzzard, both of Huntington; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling is Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

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