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Philip Mercer Buzard

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 15, 2020 @ 3:20 pm In Obituaries | 9 Comments

Philip Mercer Buzard, age 91, died at home on June 14, 2020 of natural causes.  He was born in St. Joseph, MO. and is survived by his wife Beatrice (Lancaster), daughters Barbara Caplan (Stuart) and Brooke Buzard (Rafael Acosta), grandchildren Tristan and Sarina Caplan, and nieces and nephews.  Phil was preceded in death by his parents, B. Franklin and Catherine Buzard and three brothers, Frank, Robert, and Donald.

After his military service, Phil attended Purdue University, graduated in 1953 and joined the purchasing department of New Holland Machine Company.  Following moves to facilities in Grand Island, NE and Lebanon, OH, he returned to the New Holland plant as Purchasing Director and retired in 1990.

Phil was an elder at First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed skiing, sailing and woodworking.  After his retirement, he volunteered for many years with Lancaster Habitat for Humanity.

There will be a family service in the Memorial Garden of the church.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in Phil’s name to Lancaster Habitat for Humanity.

Condolences for the family of “Philip Mercer Buzard”

Condolence from Michael R. Losey on June 17th, 2020 8:46 am

I worked with Phil for many years, especially in Grand Island Nebraska more than fifty years ago. He was a fine man with a wonderful family. He will be missed by all.

Michael R. Losey

Condolence from Deborah Benson Everett on June 17th, 2020 10:53 am

Dear Bea,
Many years have passed since moving from Lancaster and First Presbyterian Church. However, I well remember you and Phil’s sincere participation at the church.

I send to you deepest sympathy in the loss of Phil and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

Most sincerely,

Deborah Benson Everett
North Andover, MA

Condolence from Michael L Cooper on June 17th, 2020 12:33 pm

I was saddened to learn that Phil has left this world. I worked with Phil at New Holland for many years. He was a good man who will be missed by many. I am sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Dave and Heather Gibson on June 17th, 2020 2:23 pm

Our sympathy to you and your family. Dave and I have great memories of skiing with you and Phil. Those were some great trips, especially when your daughters and husbands joined us! I often use the beautiful wooden trivet that you gave us on that trip and think of you all with fondness.

Our prayers are with you.

Dave and Heather

Condolence from Donald Hackett on June 19th, 2020 7:36 pm

What a privilege it was to know and serve Phil as one of his pastors. I know these last years have been hard on Bea and family. I still use the prayer stools that Phil made my wife and me every day so will be easy to remember to pray for you all. Blessings in Christ, Don

Condolence from Nat Netscher on June 23rd, 2020 10:49 am

I learned only yesterday (6/22) of Phil’s passing. I’ll always remember him with a smile. He truly was one of the good guys.
Nat Netscher

Condolence from Joan Kreeger on June 23rd, 2020 6:33 pm

My sympathies to you, Bea, and your family.
I so enjoyed getting to know Phil (via his long friendship with John ) and our times together.

Condolence from Bill Dewan on June 25th, 2020 12:04 pm

Phil was a wonderful volunteer and faithful supporter of Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity. He took great care and pride in his work! Please know that his work over many years means so much to the many Habitat families that he served. His work changed — and is still changing — so many lives.

On behalf of his many friends at Habitat, our prayers are with Phil and our deepest condolences are with the family.
Bill Dewan

Condolence from Deb Moyers on June 29th, 2020 1:47 pm

Dear Bea, Barbara, and Brooke,

Condolences on the loss of your hubby and dad. You were great friends to Bill and Shirley and you experienced many skiing and other escapades together. I wish you all great memories and peaceful acceptance.

Deb Moyers (one of Bill and Shirley’s nieces)

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