Robert A. ‘Bob’ Buck
Sept. 26, 1929 - Feb. 5, 2018
Robert A. “Bob” Buck, 88, Mount Laurel, N.J., formerly of Altoona, passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.
He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., the only child of Elwood R. and Ruth (Wolfe) Buck.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 35 years, Hennie Buck; a daughter, Laurie (John) Kopec of Alpharetta, Ga.; a son, Rob A. (Michelle) Buck of Arrington, Tenn.; seven grandchildren: Kelsey and Ryan Kopec, Mallory Buck, Stephen and Jeffrey Szurek and Christopher and Kevin Farina; three great-grandchildren; and his extended family: Janet “Jymme” Szurek of Cherry Hill, N.J., John Farina of Los Angeles, Calif., and Joe Farina of Mount Laurel, N.J.
Bob was raised in Decatur, Ill., and he attended Decatur High School, where he developed a lifelong love of tennis. He attended Purdue University, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He later attended The University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a master’s degree in systems engineering. After a brief time working for the Naval Ordinance Lab in Maryland, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After two years of service at Franklin Arsenal in Philadelphia, in 1956, Bob began working for RCA as a mechanical engineer, and he remained with RCA (now known as GE) until his retirement in 1992.
Bob and his wife, Hennie, enjoyed traveling. In addition to his other hobbies of tennis, bridge and community involvement, Bob cherished his alma mater, Purdue University. For 10 years, he served as president of the Philadelphia Alumni Club and as regional director of the National Alumni Foundation for three years. He took great joy watching Purdue football and basketball on TV, always hoping for an improbable win. Bob was an active member of the Haddonfield (previously Cherry Hill) Lions Club for 47 years, a member of Toastmaster’s International since his early days at RCA and a member of Cathedral in the Woods Church for more than 35 years. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge and Shriners International.
Most of all, Bob would want to be remembered for his love of family. He was a devoted husband, father and “Pop Pop” and will always be remembered for his generosity, thoughtfulness and quick wit.
Friends will be received for a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery Chapel. Interment will be held privately. Arrangements are by Murray-Paradee Funeral Home, Cherry Hill, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3553 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140, or to Haddonfield Lions Club, “Lions Recycle for Sight Program,” P.O. Box 401, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.