BUCKLAND - Kenneth H. Bruffee, 82, of 62 North St., died Wednesday, April 10, at home with his family by his side.
He was born in Buckland, Aug. 15, 1930, the son of Raymond and Emily (Burley) Bruffee.
Ken graduated from Arms Academy in 1951. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army
, serving in Korea with the 25th Division 27th Wolfhound Regiment. He was a corporal and was the recipient of the Combat Infantry Badge and two Bronze Stars
. He was also awarded the National Defense Medal, United Nations Medal and the Korean Service Medal.
Ken was employed for 33 years by Warner Brothers construction as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1992. After retirement, Ken chose to keep active by working part-time as a groundskeeper for the Meadows Golf Course in Greenfield, Buckland/Shelburne Elementary School and the Buckland Recreation area.
He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Post 2758, the Shelburne Falls VFW
Post 8503 and the American Legion Post 0135. He was also a member of the Local 98 International Union operating engineers.
He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and playing cribbage with friends and family.
While in high school he participated in all sports. Ken took pride in watching his grandchildren follow in his footsteps. Family was his livelihood.
He married the former Alice G. Raulston on Jan. 23, 1934 at the United Congregational Church in Conway.
Survivors, besides his wife, include three daughters: Judy (Greg) Collier of Maineville, Ohio, Cindy (Kevin) Schwartz and Pam (Jim) Hicks of Buckland; seven grandchildren Kirk (Stacy) and Gary (Kelly) Richardson, Lauren Collier, Kyle and Bryan Schwartz, Makayla and Andrew Hicks, and three great-grandchildren, Tanner, Caleb and Aubree Richardson.
Ken was predeceased by his brother, William, in 2004.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls. Burial will be in Arms Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Friday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.
It is suggested donations be made to either Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301, the Mohawk Athletic Assoc., P.O. Box 111, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 or to the Buckland Recreation Gift Account, Buckland Town Hall, 17 State St., Shelburne Falls, Ma 01370.
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