Harold M. Buffo
Services for Harold M. Buffo, 86, Lansing, were Saturday, March 5, at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth. Burial was at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Mr. Buffo died Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at St. John Hospital in Leavenworth.
He was born June 15, 1918, in Frontenac, the son of Louis and Phyllis (Arkle) Buffo.
Mr. Buffo completed high school in Superior, Wyo., and earned all-state football honors. He attended Fort Scott Junior College where he met his wife-to-be; he graduated from Pittsburg State University with a major in industrial arts.
He taught school and coached in Fort Scott and Pittsburg before joining the U.S. Army in 1942.
One of the big adventures of his life began in early 1943 when his Army Air Corps squadron traveled by train to the West Coast and by ship across the Pacific Ocean and around Africa. The squadron entered the Red Sea and passed through the Suez Canal, debarking in Cairo, Egypt. The final leg of the journey went by train from Cairo through Alexandria, Egypt, and Tobruk, Libya, to Benghazi, Libya.
As a specialist in aircraft armor, Mr. Buffo completed 50 B-24 Liberator missions over Europe, including numerous missions over the infamous Ploesti, Romania, oil fields.
He married Marie Evelyn Newcomb on Feb. 21, 1945, in Fort Scott. She died in 1995.
After World War II, Mr. and Mrs. Buffo settled in the Leavenworth area where they farmed and Mr. Buffo worked at the Dwight D. Eisenhower V.A. Hospital as a therapist.
Retiring in 1974, he continued his lifelong passion for teaching as a substitute vocational agriculture and FFA teacher at Pleasant Ridge High School.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a past board member of the Lan-Del Water District and the Leavenworth County Farm Bureau. He was an avid Kansas State University fan and was seldom seen outside without his KSU cap.
Survivors include a daughter, Jan Buffo Dempsey, San Diego; a son Arkle, Leavenworth; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
His daughter, Lyn Buffo Howard, preceded him in death.
The family suggests memorials to Pleasant Ridge High School FFA in care of at Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048.