2007-11-29 / Obituaries

Hugh A. Bucher

Hugh A. Bucher, 71, of Little Egg Harbor died on November 20, 2007 at Southern Ocean County Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lima, Ohio on Feb. 13, 1936 to the late Marvin and Julia (McNett) Bucher.

Hugh joined the Navy in 1954 and served 24 years, retiring in 1978 as a Chief Aerographer W-4, a weather forecaster. He was proud to have been a "Cold War Warrior" who, to some degree, helped to free millions of people from the tyrannical oppression of Marxist- Leninist governments. During his Naval career he was stationed at Navy Weather Units in Yokosuka, Japan; Kodiak, Alaska; Guam; Rota, Spain; Suitland, Md.; Quonset Point, R.I.; Lakehurst, N.J.; and served on the USS Lexington; USS Norton Sound; and Project SHAD aboard USS Granville S. Hall.

Hugh was honored to have served as the first president of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association in Jamestown, R.I.

At the time of his death he was president of the Airship Chapter (Lakehurst, N.J.) of the Naval Weather Service Association.

Hugh was a longtime avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns. He enjoyed reading, walking, and trips to the lighthouses.

Hugh is survived by his loving wife, Anna; daughter Kathryn and her husband, Burke Greene of Pleasantville; brother Carl and his wife, Penny of Lima, Ohio; and sister Beverly and her husband Edwin Rhoades of Painesville, Ohio; many nieces and nephews and granddaughter Amy and her husband, Michael Page, and their children of Newport, R.I.

'Papa-san' was a marvelous, mischievous, thoughtful, incredibly amusing man whose wit will long be remembered and he will be dearly missed. God speed! In lieu of flowers please send donations in his memory to: Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, P.O. Box 83, Jamestown, R.I. 02835.

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