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Fred Buckhold VIRGINIA BEACH - Fred Buckhold, 72, retired U.S. Navy chief warrant officer 4, passed from this life on April 7, 2011 after a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer. He was born on July 22, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoyed the rumble of a fine engine, the taste of a well-crafted brew, and the odor of a good cigar. When not enjoying the company of his family, he could be found on the golf course in weather fair or foul. His golf swing had to be seen to be appreciated. He is missed. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred Buckhold and Margaret Konecsny and a grandchild, Keith Buckhold II. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, JoAnn Christine Buckhold; his sons, Greg Buckhold, Keith Buckhold (wife Carla Buckhold); his daughter, Marie Jo Phillips (husband JR Phillips); his five grandchildren, Keith III and John Buckhold, as well as Reagan, Kyler and Camden Phillips. Fred is also survived by his sister, Margie Rhines whose husband Corky Rhines is deceased. He was an alumnus of Norfolk State University and veteran of 26 years of naval service where he served in both enlisted and officer ranks. His duty stations included Naval Communication facilities; Trenton, N.J., San Miguel, Philippines, Sebana Seca, Puerto Rico, the U.S. State Department, Diego Garcia (plank owner), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and as the officer in charge of Naval Communications Center Breezy Point Norfolk. Fred coached and was manager of many Plaza Youth Sports and Little League teams in the 1970s, winning multiple city championships. After retiring from the Navy, Fred held several government contracting jobs, then with other partners formed their own company (S3 Limited). Afterward, he worked at the University of Virginia for eight years as senior programmer/analyst, finally retiring from there in 2008. He was a parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. He was true to his religion, loyal to his country, faithful to his wife of over 47 years, proud of his three successful children and never spoke of his grandchildren without a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. The family will receive friends at H.D. Oliver Funeral Home, 2002 Laskin Road, Sunday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. A life celebration service will be held Monday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church located at 1968 Sandbridge Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: "The First Tee" at 2400 Tournament Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, phone (757) 563-8990, http://www.thefirstteehr.org (Contact Sharon Watkins for credit card donations). Online condolences may be made at www.hdoliver.com.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Apr. 9, 2011
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