Lonny Ray Bucher

October 17, 1948 ~ November 18, 2012

Lonny R. Bucher, 64, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after a courageous three and a half year battle with cancer.

Visitation will begin at 3pm, Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Heartland Funeral Home in Brandon, with a Memorial service at 5pm. Lee Green will be officiating.

Lonny Ray Bucher Sr. was born October 17, 1948, the only son, to Rodney and Lucille (Hettrich) Bucher in Sioux Falls. As a young boy, Lonny worked in his dad’s shoe shop. In his teens, he began his true love for classic cars spending time with his dad in the garage. After graduation from Washington High school in 1967, he took a job at Teal’s Body Shop. On December 1, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Parmley; daughter of Roy and Betty Parmley. Lonny went on to work at John Morrell for twenty years. Wanting to be able to put his real talents and love for “the car buff” in him, he opened his own shop. Lonny was a wealth of information on his love of the “classic cruisers.” He has left behind a legacy that will be remembered by all who knew him.

He also enjoyed camping and taking family vacations. He was an avid reader of Western and History books. He always enjoyed giving the grandkids little tid-bits of information and had stories to tell of which they were always willing and anxious to hear them out. He always had fun wearing his special hats with sayings like “Old Geezer” and “Caution! Grumpy Old Man.” While he was an opinionated guy and not afraid to say what he thought, he had a big loving heart for those in his life, including the family pets, that he held dear.

Grateful for having shared his life and loving heart are his wife, Helen and two sons, Brian (Keilanie), Sheldon, IA and Lonny Jr. (Andrea) of Hartford. He will be forever in their hearts and be greatly missed; nine grandchildren, Autumn, Carter, MacKenzie, Ashley, Jocelyn, Teran, Rachael, and Ariella; three sisters, and a host of other relatives.

Lonny was preceded in death by his parents.

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  • Kathy Anderson says:

    Helen you have my deepest sympathies. I will keep your family in my prayers.

    Richard and Kathy Anderson
    Garretson, SD

  • Sharon Mace says:

    I cannot put into words how sorry I am for your loss. Keep all the good memories
    and let them help you get through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Tara says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. I remember Uncle Lonny and Grandpa Bucher talking about cars and dogs. It helps me to think that perhaps they are doing that right now.

  • Sandy (Bucher)Allan says:

    I am shedding tears as I think of Lonny as a small boy – how special he was and I can still vision him in the shoe repair shop with his apron on helping our dad. I am sorry the years and miles drew us apart but he was always in my heart.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family…….

    Sandy Allan
    Las Vegas, NV

  • Wendy Hurd says:

    Sending all of you thoughts of strength during this difficult time.

  • Dick Christensen says:

    Helen, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Dick Christensen

  • Helen and family our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Charlie will miss talking with Lonny at the car shows. Charlie & Sandy hollingshead

  • Jami (Charter) Monico says:

    Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. May you find peace and solace. We used to visit Uncle Lonny and Aunt Helen with our mom, Sandra, when we were kids.

  • Donna Portz King says:

    May happy memories warm your heart, and caring friends surround you.

    Donna ( cousin )
    my mother Dorothy was a sister to Lucille

  • Marsha (Portz) Oksol says:

    Remembering Lonny with fondness and all the good times we shared as cousins growing up. I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you go thru this difficult time.

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