He was a proud member of AA for 42 plus years. He was a Korean War Vet, Special Forces Unit and a popular local singer, entertainer and band leader for 60 years. He always had a joke for every subject and knew all the words to hundreds of songs. Rotarian: Paul Harris Fellow. Graduate of West Tech High, Attended Fenn College and BSBA from Kent State.
He was the devoted husband of 58 years to Doris (nee Hanacek); beloved father of Eileen Dixon (Peter) and Coleen Barta (Wayne); doting grandfather of Chelsea Dixon, Owen, Nathan, Kevin and Brian Barta; adopted grandfather of Kelly Frederick (Jim) and Colleen Palte (Jeff); great-grandfather of Alexandra, Lauren, Marissa Frederick, Grant, Caiden, Will and Jack Palte; brother to Patricia and Agnes Stupp and Mary Ellen Cassese and known as "Uncle Buck" to many nieces, nephews and others.
Visitation is Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2 until 6 P.M., at Jardine Funeral Home, 15822 Pearl Road, Strongsville. Memorial Mass will be held 10 A.M., Monday, July 28, 2014, at St. Joseph Church, 12700 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to Southwest Hospice Fund, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville, OH 44136 or Alcoholics Anonymous, Central Office, 1701 E. 12th St., Cleveland, OH 44114.