Guy Buch, 93

Guy Richard Buch, 93, of North Manchester, died at 11:55 am, July 4, 2018, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester. 

He was born May 17, 1925 in Pine Grove, Pa., to William E. and Sadie (Daubert) Buch.

Guy graduated from Pine Grove High School in 1942, and enrolled at Elizabethtown College, where he played basketball, soccer, and baseball. In 1945, Guy led the country in scoring with a 23.7 point-per-game scoring average, and in 1975 was among the first 10 athletes to be inducted in the Elizabethtown College Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also a graduate of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana, where he worked as boys director for the Garbaldi Settlement House, and along with his wife Jeanne, served as co-youth advisors at First Church of the Brethren in Chicago.

He married Jeanne Hamme in Hanover, Pa., on July 22, 1945; she died April 16, 2013. Guy was a Church of the Brethren pastor for 64 years, retiring in 1992. He pastored in New York, Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. After retirement, Guy served as an interim pastor in both the Church of the Brethren and Mennonite churches. He currently is a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren. Guy served on the Advisory Committee for the Wayne County Community Credit Union, and was a trustee for Elizabethtown College. He enjoyed traveling, reading, sports, birding, and especially gardening.

He is survived by three children, Tom (Jane) Buch of Smithville, Janice (Jerry) Eller of Merritt Island, Fla., and Audrey (Dave) Hahn of Wabash; five grandchildren, Jessica (Chris) Eller-Fitze and Jaime (Eddie Scott) Eller, both of Portland, Maine, Jodi (Matt) Keene of St. Augustine, Fla., Ryan (Tara Love) Hahn of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Megan Bishir of Wabash, six great-grandchildren, and sister, Grace Zimmerman of Lebanon, Pa. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Roy Buch and Howard Buch, and a great-grandson, Matthew Bishir.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester, with Kurt Borgmann officiating. Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Saturday July 14, at Timbercrest Chapel. Interment will be in the Paradise Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Smithville, Ohio, at a later date. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International or Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Foundation.

The memorial guest book for Guy may be signed at

Posted on 2018 Jul 10