On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Roger L. Buskirk Sr., 72, of Lonaconing, MD passed
on from this life into his eternal heavenly home and the loving arms of his Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on January 29, 1948 to the late Ruth Theresa (Snyder) and
Lloyd Van Buskirk, Roger had one sister, Mary Margaret Webb of Wisconsin, and is
preceded in death by two brothers, William (Bill) and Paul Buskirk.
Roger is also preceded in death by his loving wife of 32 years, Bonnie Jean (Getson)
Buskirk, one daughter, Charlotte Marie Williams, and granddaughter, Tausha Marie
Powell. He is survived by his loyal son, Roger Buskirk Jr., adoring daughters Amanda
Buskirk and Liz Lippold, and admiring grandchildren Stephanie Williams, Bryan Powell,
Bonita Baer and husband Justin, Derek Buskirk, Carly Buskirk, Evan Williams, Matthew
Williams, Timothy Buskirk, Samantha Mills, Samantha Winebrenner, and Brandi,
Tiffany, and Scottie Morris, as well as his son-in-law, John (Jack) Williams Jr.,
numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, his loyal canine companion Buffy, and
special friend in Christ, Holly Snyder.
Roger was a 1966 graduate of Valley High School. He was a simple man who made an
honest living as a self-employed logger, a profession he chose because he loved the
woods. He looked forward to mushroom hunting in the spring and could often be found
taking his gun for a walk in the woods during hunting season in the fall. He also enjoyed
watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, watching wildlife playing in the yard, playing with his
great-grandkids and dog, watching wrestling, and singing gospel music.
Roger was a devoted, loving, and supportive husband, father, brother, and grandfather
who never missed a chance to embrace you in the warmest hug possible and tell you
how much he loved you. Many of his children’s and grandchildren’s friends also lovingly
referred to him as “Dad” or “Pap” and he always treated them as his own.
Above all, Roger was a man of his word and never took his promises or vows for
granted. This defining characteristic came to fruition one day in early March 1981, which
was the day he gave his life to Christ. He was a member of the Tri-State Ministry in
Hyndman, PA and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and support of his church family.
Roger also took every opportunity possible to attend services at numerous local
churches. He faithfully attended the men’s ministry sportsman’s banquets throughout
the region, as well as many revivals and gospel concerts. He often used his beautiful
tenor voice to bless the congregation and praise the Lord in song. He never met a
stranger and always listened with an open ear. He took his responsibility as a Christian
seriously, feeling it was a duty and blessing to visit with the sick and broken-hearted,
giving to those in need, never casting judgement, praying often with thanksgiving, and
be a blessing to others in any way he could. Roger will always be a blessing to those
lives he touched with his presence and love. For all these things, he will forever be
loved and missed dearly.
Viewings will be held at the Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home in Lonaconing, MD from 2-4
PM and 6-8 PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The family asks that anyone wishing
to pay their final respects to Roger wear a mask and practice proper social distancing
according to the CDC guidelines. A private funeral will be conducted at 10 am on
November 25, 2020 at the First Assembly of God in Lonaconing, MD, with Pastor Don
Webb presiding. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Moscow Mills. Roger’s
family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the First Assembly of God, Tri-
State Ministry, and all of his church families for their love and support.