October 17, 1948 ~ November 18, 2012
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.