December 14, 2009
Plymouth, Ohio to the late Homer F. and Mabel (Ross) Buzard and was a resident of Plymouth for most of his life. He was a 1938 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. He worked 45 years at the Plymouth Fate-Root-Heath Company as a Draftsman and later a Ceramics Service Manager. He was a proud US Navy Veteran: he entered service on September 24, 1942 and was honorably discharged on September 15, 1945 holding the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class, Carpenter’s Mate. He was a Cub and Webelo leader. Member of the American Legion Post 447 and Shelby Masonic Lodge #350 for over 50 years. He was the Plymouth Community Chest Director from 1958-59. He won the Ohio Jitterbug Contest in Cleveland Stadium in 1939, with 45, 000 spectators watching and music played by the Benny Goodman Orchestra.
Buzz was involved in various sports leagues including, manager of Plymouth Pony League Baseball, manager of 3 Mansfield City Baseball teams at same time, organized and coached Junior Jets Basketball Team in Plymouth; founder and manager of Midget Little League Baseball in Plymouth; President of Plymouth Midget League 1966-68; Athletic Officer for American Legion 1970; played amateur and semi-professional baseball for many years.
He is survived by 2 sons, Fred (Janis) Buzard of Plymouth and Terry (Mary) Buzard of Perry, NY; 1 daughter, Tina (Jerry) Freeman of Scottsdale, AZ; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Helen (Smith) Buzard, whom he married November 25, 1944 in Delphos, Ohio; one son, Bradley D. Buzard.
No calling hours or funeral services will be observed. Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Buzz’s name to Plymouth Little League. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Our sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your father, who was dedicated to helping so many boys through the game of baseball in Plymouth. He will be long remembered for his community spirit. In sympathy, Dave & Bonnie McQuown
Fred will be greatly missed from our Crestwood family. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories of his life. God bless you in your time of sorrow.
To the family of Fred Buzard,
Sorry for the loss of yur loved one. I played little league ball in Plymouth and remember Fred being there.
Fred and Janis, Our condolences on the passing of your father, Freddie….he was very encouraging to my brothers and me when we were playing ball way back when….never forgot how supportive he was. With our sympathy, Zeke and Linda
Fred (Poppy) will be missed by everyone at crestwood. It was a pleasure having him. His smile and laughter made work more enjoyable to everyone. I for one, will always remember him. My deepest sympathy, Beth Ann