SOUTH KORTRIGHT — John J. Buzek, 88, of South Kortright, passed away on Monday evening, Jan. 4, 2016, at A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta. He was married to Susan Decker Buzek.
Born on Feb. 9, 1927, in Paris, France, he was the son of the late Mary Buzek.
He was a Roman Catholic. John proudly served in the United States Army during World War II.
John spent most of his life living with his family in Rockland County, working at Orangeburg Fiber.
In 1966, he settled in South Kortright with his former wife, Clara “Joanie” Buzek.
He was employed for many years for the bridge crew for the New York State Department of Transportation in Delhi until his retirement.
John also was a member of the Delhi American Legion Post No.190.
John was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting deer and turkey. He was a gardener and kept meticulous flower beds at his home. He also enjoyed cooking and baking, often sharing his recipes with his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes. Above all else, John was a genuine and generous gentleman.
Besides his wife, Susan, John is survived by daughters, Maryann Buzek of Schenevus and Linda Crandall of Jefferson; grandchildren, Melissa (Joseph) Kanarek of North Carolina, Michael Crandall of Jefferson, David (Kim) Crandall of Warnerville, Steven (Jamie) Crandall of California and Albena (Nathan) Thomas of Japan, Kim Decker of Nyack and Katie Schroer of Nyack; great-grandchildren, Derek, Karly, Linda, Chelsea, Madison, Ashley, Makenzie and Landon, Kolby, Ana, Jase; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Carleena Buzek; brother, James McDermott; sisters, Albena Riggs and Margaret Frontino; and one nephew, John Riggs.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, at the MacArthur Funeral Home, 40 Cornell Avenue, Hobart, where a prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. following the visitation.
Contributions may be made in memory of John to the Hobart Fire and EMS or Delhi American Legion Post No.190.
Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share a story or condolence with the family.