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Edwin Atwood Buckhout

July 12, 1927 ~ September 25, 2020 (age 93)

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Edwin (Ted) Atwood Buckhout, 93, of Hadley passed away peacefully at his home on Friday September 25, 2020 surrounded by the love of his life his “Darlin” wife Merle married for 71 years and his loving family. Born July 12, 1927 in Holyoke, he was the son of the late William and Doris (Smith) Buckhout. He returned after WWII and in 1955 graduated from Hopkins academy Hadley Ma. and attended the Tri State College in Indiana. He enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17 and went to Parris Island S.C., after completing Boot Camp he was sent directly to Japan during WWII as part of the Occupational Forces, stopping at Wake Island, Midway and others. He also served as Executive Officer Aide on the USS New Jersey. He retired from 43 years of Honorable and decorated service with the highest award being the Meritorious Service Medal in the USMC Active/Reserve unit VMA 322, NAS, South Weymouth Ma as a CWO4, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, also retiring after 39 years of Civil Service at Westover Air Force Base, serving multiple positions and retiring as Vehicle Maintenance Chief. At age 47 he started running marathons and completed 12, of which 9 were the USMC marathons in Washington D.C. He was also the owner of the Buckhout Service Station in So. Hadley for 3 years. He was a Lifetime Member of the Marine Corps League of Westfield, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Easthampton and the American Legion of Hadley and a member of multiple other military organizations and was an active member of Triad of Hadley and the Hockanum Villagers Association. Beside his parents, he was also predeceased by a daughter in law Brunilda Rosado Buckhout. Edwin was survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Merle (Kendall) Buckhout, 6 children Wayne (Sandra) of So. Hadley, Terry (Sherry) of Haverhill, Ma. Keith (Christine) of Easthampton, Leigh of Hadley, Diane Scheff (Scott) of Oh., Daryl (LeAnn) of Maryland, his sister Cynthia Buckhout Watson, sister in law Norma (Kendall) Ritter, 16 grandchildren Ashley (Chris),Tyler, Michael, Kyle, Nate (Mackenzie), William (Sara), Aolani, Cheri, Mikhal, Leigh II  (Ashley), Todd ( Lenora) Mathew ( (Casey), Katelyn (Joe), Maggie (Todd), Charlie (Jessica), and Kendall and 16 great grandchildren Arya, Madilyn, Hadley, Leigh III, Roman, Brody, Jenna, Tori, Cheyenne, Aliea, Sylas, Isaac, Addyson, Danica, Kinsley and Rowan and several Nephews. Visiting with the family will be held on Saturday October 3rd at the Dillon Funeral Home Inc. 124 Chestnut St Holyoke from 2-5 p.m. and will follow requirements for Covid-19 requiring the wearing of Masks, Social Distancing and funeral home capacity to 30 people. A Memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu Memorial Donations may be sent to the Marine Corps League 71 N. Elm st Westfield, Ma. 01085 or to the First Congregational Church of Hadley 102 Middle St Hadley Ma, 01035. The family would like to thank Dr. Francis Croke, the Critical Care Unit, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice.


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