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Louis W. Buckwalter Obituary
LOUIS W. BUCKWALTER, 89, OF EAST COVENTRY Louis W. Buckwalter, 89, of East Coventry Twp., Pottstown, husband of 66 years to Gloria D. (Diehm) Buckwalter, died Wednesday at Seasons Hospice, Phoenixville. Born in Phoenixville, PA, he was a son of the late Randall Buckwalter and the late Anna Dietrich Buckwalter. Mr. Buckwalter graduated from Phoenixville High School class of 1942. He attended Temple University on a football/baseball scholarship after recieving All State mention in both sports. During his term at Temple, he put his education on hold to enlist in the Marine Corps. He was chosen for the V-12 pre officer candidate program prior to boot camp. The V-12 program was held by various participating colleges. Mr. Buckwalter chose Bucknell University which allowed him to play football while there. Upon completion of training Mr. Buckwalter served with the U.S. Marine Corps for the duration of WWII in the South Pacific. In September of 1948, he began his teaching career at North Coventry High School, where he also coached football, baseball and basketball. Mr. Buckwalter was particularly proud of his "tiny Norco team" winning a District Basketball Championship. After the consolidation of Owen J. Roberts High School, he continued to teach and be head coach for football, baseball and basketball. After Owen J. Roberts, he went on to become Secondary School Administrator at Bridgeton High School, NJ and Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown until his retirement in 1987. Mr. Buckwalter was a dedicated, teacher, coach and great supporter of all his students, who were so important to him throughout his life. He left an indelible mark on all who knew him. During his summers, as a commissioner in Avalon, NJ, he initiated his vision to establish basketball, softball, baseball and tennis programs as well as modernize the beach patrol. He was an avid, accomplished golfer, out of Kimberton Golf Club and once he reached age 70, it was disappointing for him not to shoot his age any round. Among his many affiliations and memberships, some prominent ones are, PA Sports Hall of Fame, Marine Corps League, Stichter Masonic Lodge #254 and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Spring City Forest #34. In addition to his wife he is survived by one son Craig L. Buckwalter, Spring House, PA; and one brother Jack Buckwalter, Kimberton. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Robert, and two sisters, Helen & Fran. A celebration of his life will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, 359 King St., Pottstown. Burial will be private in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to Spring City Methodist Church, 45 N. Church St., Spring City, PA 19475. Arrangements are by the Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home & Crematory, at 359 King St. in Pottstown, PA. Our web site exists to serve the friends and family of the deceased. Go tohttp://www.schumacherandbenner.com to extend sympathies and access additional service details.
Published in The Mercury on Apr. 25, 2014
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