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Byron E. "Buck" Shrader

Born: Tue., Sep. 29, 1936
Died: Fri., Apr. 26, 2019


At the family's request there will be no public visitation and burial will be private


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Byron E. "Buck" Shrader, 82, of South Buffalo Twp., passed away peacefully of heart failure with his wife beside him on Friday, April 26th, 2019. Buck was born in New Kensington on September 29, 1936, a son of the late Emma D. (Kratovil) and Byron C. Shrader. Buck was a 1954 graduate of Springdale High School. He spent a year at Penn State DuBois and then enlisted in to the US Army and was stationed in Germany for 3 years. After his honorable discharge he came home and took a research technician position at Gulf Research in Harmarville. When Gulf Research facility was donated to the State of Pennsylvania and became the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center, Buck continued as a technician for Pitt until his retirement in 1998. Buck was an active and devoted member of the South Buffalo Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. He was a very active member of the Springdale VFW Post 1437. A lifetime member of the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association. (ECTRA), he has received their Top Volunteer Service Award by timing over over 8000 miles of rides. He was also a longtime member of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), and received their Volunteer Service Award in 2015. He loved working at the South Buffalo Township Fire Dept. and received their Outstanding Community Service Award in 2015. Buck was a patriot who always took great pride in participating in Veteran’s Day ceremonies and activities at the Springdale VFW. Buck enjoyed watching the Pirates and the Steelers. He loved passing on his knowledge of golfing, hunting, fishing, and camping, to younger family members. Buck is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Donna L. (Lohr) Shrader. Sister and brother in law, Karen & Richard Koitzsch, of Lansdale, Pa. Brother in law, Robert & Lesley Lohr of Shenandoah,WV and sister in law Denise Lohr of Pittsburgh. He is also survived by two nephews, Keith & Ky Koitzsch and a niece, Kenda & Paul Adam and had close relationships with numerous cousins, too many to mention. All services are private The family would like memorial contributions be made in his memory to his favorite associations; South Buffalo Vol. Fire Dept., 382 Iron Bridge Rd., Freeport, PA 16229 and Springdale VFW Post 1437, 1151 Pittsburgh St., Springdale, PA 15144

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