Victor P. Buzdon
1931 - 2020
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PORTSMOUTH - Victor Philip Buzdon was born Oct. 17, 1931 in Youngstown, Ohio to Croatian-immigrant parents, Joseph and Mary (Grbac) Buzdon whose spirit and work ethic he embraced.

Loyal to his country of birth, Victor enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War conflict. Following his honorable discharge and profiting from the G.I. bill, Victor graduated from the University of Dayton as an Electrical Engineer. Over the years he worked in various capacities across the private and public sectors, eventually finishing his career as a Civil Engineer at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Gwinn, Mich.

Victor and his wife Jane (Pelissier) met in Milwaukee, Wisc. and were married in 1965. Their 55 years of marriage had them living as Peace Corps volunteers in Malaysia, and upon return to the U.S. residing in Madison, Wisc., Rochester, Minn., Marquette, Mich., and Portsmouth, N.H.

Victor exhibited kindness and exemplary behavior to his life's contacts and encouraged his children to model his discipline and determination, directing them, "Don't go easy on yourself" and "Be a problem solver." He exemplified that behavior by finding creative solutions to fix anything and was captured on camera by the local Portsmouth newspaper as he removed snow from the roof of his house during a winter storm.

Victor was physically fit, enjoying downhill and cross-country skiing and tennis into his 80s. He had a mischievous sense of humor and was often a willing participant in his children's antics as they, and his wife, were his favorite audience.

Victor's three children, Molly (Brian) Amend, Amy (Tom) Hall and Ben (Nadja Blomkvist) carry on his traits. He was further blessed by five grandchildren, Nathan, Zachary, Katharine, Julia, and Axel who were welcomed by their Papa into his home during numerous visits.

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Victor died in the presence of his loving wife Jane at Bellamy Fields, Dover, N.H. where he was appreciated for his captivating smile and personable nature. His traits of steadfastness, patience and persistence permeated his life.

In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, Victor is survived by his sister Rose Mullen; sisters-in-law Mary (Gary) Aho and Susan Pelissier; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Mary Buzdon; sister Mary Buzdon Brent; brothers-in-law William Mullen, William Brent and William Pelissier; and in-laws Paul and Ella Pelissier.

No services will presently be conducted. A memorial gathering will be held during a summer month.

Please go to www.taskerfh.com to sign the online guestbook.



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Published in Seacoastonline.com from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2020.
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May 5, 2020
We are saddened to learn of the death of Victor, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Malaysia.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association
May 4, 2020
Janie, I forgot to mention Amy in my best wishes. My sincere apologies!
Lyn Durant
Family
May 4, 2020
Janie and family, I was so sorry to read of Vic's passing in the Mining Journal. Ah the cherished memories I have of all of you. As a kid at the farm, we were always ecstatic when any of your family came out to visit. Of course if it was your folks, then there were all those great food surprises! It was such a special treat to see you because I knew there would be lots of music. As a young girl, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your letters from the Peace Corps and following your and Vic's adventures; it was like knowing movie stars, sharing in your adventures. I had the good fortune a while back to go in your house on Front Street. I have lots of great memories there, too but since it isn't a home anymore, it was strange to walk through the different halls and doorways, trying to picture where everything used to be. I seem to remember sitting in the kitchen and meeting Vic for the first time, I'm sure munching on one of your mom's great deserts. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. I'm sure you have many of your bountiful life with Vic. Please share my sorrow with Molly and Ben and families and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers often.
Lyn Durant
Family
May 1, 2020
Jane, Vera as well as our children are very sorry for you loss. Vic was a very gentle person, soft spoken and great to work with. We miss the times together here in K.I. Sawyer area. My girls loved having you as a teacher and I loved working alongside Vic. I still remember the day we interviewed him for the Engineering position at K.I.Sawyer Energy Mgt. There was another person we interviewed before him and he had great credentials. Bob and I decided that Vic is who we wanted to work there mainly because of his pleasant personality and of course his engineering experience. Vera and I still remember going to your "mansion" in Marquette for a Christmas get together with your family. You daughter playing the piano while the rest of us sang Christmas Carols, A very beautiful memory that I hold. I still remember very well you pulling me aside that night "warning" me that the food you prepared was bland, that's how Vic liked it. But you made something special for me (don't remember) that was spicy, thank you. And, my girls remember when you and Vic came over for a BBQ at our house on K.I. Sawyer AFB. I made my Panamanian Chicken, which was very spicy, with habaneros as the main marinade ingredients. We made beautiful memories here. We love you Jane and love Victor, my good friend. mvigil@nmu.edu
Manuel Vigil
Coworker
April 30, 2020
Sorry to hear about Vic passing Both my wife and I worked with Vic in Civil Engineering at KI Sawyer. He was such an inspiration to be around Always cheerful and happy. What a wonderful person. Our prayers are with the family during such a loss. Chief Master Sergeant Stewart Retired USAF
Vaughn Stewart
Coworker
April 30, 2020
Jane and your family,

I'm heartbroken to hear this news. I enjoyed getting to know you and Victor during my "walks" around Bellamy Fields with my mother. You were a wonderful wife Jane, engaging him with all the fun activities you planned out for him during your visits. I appreciated our chats too.

Please know I'm thinking of you and your family.

Fondly,
Connie (English) Eddy
April 28, 2020
Jane, Don and I will miss Vic. You are still our friend and "neighbor", even though we moved a few blocks down the road. I used to love seeing you and Vic walk the block, hand in hand, and you would stop to admire our gardens and chat. Call anytime you need a friend. Love, Lennie and Don
Lennie Mullaney
April 28, 2020
We will miss Vic's smile and presence in our lives. As Vic and Jane's neighbors, we enjoyed their cheerful company, often as they walked around the block and stopped to chat with us as we were out gardening. Two kind and loving people.
Lennie Mullaney
Neighbor
April 27, 2020
Molly and family, what a beautiful tribute to your father. I can see where you got your determination and work ethic. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Paula Tsetsilas
Neighbor
April 27, 2020
Molly and Family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Dad sounds like an amazing man.
JoAnn & Dave Hodgdon
Friend
April 26, 2020
Molly, I am so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. He must have been so very proud of you. I am praying for you.
Kimberly Marble
Friend
April 26, 2020
Watching TV with family in Rye
Joyce & Joe Amend
Family
April 26, 2020
Gathering at Vt. House
Joyce & Joe Amend
Family
April 26, 2020
Victor,
You were always so quick to smile as you enjoyed the moment. We'll always remember all the joyful family gatherings that brought us all together. Rest in peace treasured friend.
Joyce & Joe Amend
Family
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