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Harold E. Buffum, 88, Kokomo, passed away at 12:39 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, at Community Howard Regional Health. He was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Kokomo to the late George and Donna (Bookout) Buffum. Harold married Aileen (Adams) Buffum in July 1949, and she preceded him in death in 2003.
After Harold retired from the railroad company, he went on to work at Chrysler Corp. and retired after 35 years in tool and die skilled trades. He was a member of the UAW Local 685. Harold was a man of many talents. Harold never met a stranger and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Surviving are his children, Eric Joe Buffum, Kim A. Buffum, and Rickey L. Buffum; grandchildren, Kelly A. (David) Martin, Julie (Chris) Lovegrove, Stephanie (Rashod) Washington, Michael (Stephanie) Buffum, Vincent (Merrisa) Buffum, Anthony Buffum, Adam (Terry) Buffum, Shawn (Gabby) Buffum, Travis Buffum, Rickey (Amber) Buffum, and Courtney Wilson; brothers, David L. Buffum and Ronald J. Buffum; sister, Martha E. Jackson; special cousin, Bob Bookout; he was great-grandpa or "Paps" to 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
He also leaves behind very special friends, Marge Swing, Joe Fisher, Rex Plough, Dan Phenice, Joel Noel, and Bill Maples.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Donna Buffum; loving wife, Aileen; son, Michael E. Buffum; grandson, Justin M. Buffum; daughter-in-law, Kathleen C. Buffum; and brother, Billy G. Buffum.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017, with one hour of visitation prior to service, at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. Pastor James Trippett will officiate. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, Chapel of Peace. Friends may visit with the family, also from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the mortuary. You are invited to read Harold's obituary at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com, where you may leave an online condolence for the family.
Published on June 4, 2017
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