Donald “Don” K. Buskey, 90, a long-time resident of Swanzey and formerly of Keene and Warren died on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Cheshire Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Keene. He passed peacefully after a brief period of decline.
Donald was born the son of the late Winifred (Tuttle) and Albert Buskey on February 24, 1930 in Warren, NH. where he attended local schools.
Don heard the call to duty and on February 6, 1952 he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served as an infantryman and was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on July 23, 1953 at the rank of Sgt/E-5.
On April 20, 1980 he exchanged vows with Ruth Avery at the Congregational Church of Swanzey. Sadly, Ruth passed on August 21, 1987 after seven years of marriage.
Don was employed by MPB in Keene for thirty-two years as a Heat Treatment Specialist until his retirement in 1992.
He enjoyed his life. Time was spent hand building models out of wood. He liked to go snow mobiling in the winter, fishing and hunting, He built and flew R.C. Planes and Boats. Don had built a replica of the Mt. Washington Steam Boat that was displayed at various shows. Don was also civically minded. He was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 320, the American Legion and VFW in Keene. He enjoyed his time with the Monadnock Squares dancing the night away with his wife. You could find Don placing flags in the spring on veterans graves at the local cemeteries. Don loved to march in all the Memorial Day and Veteran Day parades. Sgt. Buskey had the honor of being the oldest veteran in Swanzey for many years.
Mr. Buskey is survived by his daughter, Karen W. Youngman and her husband Butch of Swanzey. A daughter from a combined marriage, Lynn Dawson and her husband, Keith of Pooler, GA. A grandson, Ryan Youngman of Swanzey Granddaughters; Brandy Goudreau of TX. Sarah Goudreau of Clarksville, TN. and Stephanie Dawson of Atlanta, GA. His siblings; Shirley Page of Westport, Barbara Shay of Fitzwilliam, Audrey Crosby of Plymouth and Norman Susee of Westmoreland. Don is pre-deceased by his brothers; Allan Buskey, Bert Buskey and Myron Buskey.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic all services were private. Don was buried with military honors in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery in Swanzey. Donations can be made in memory of Donald K. Buskey to: Ruck-Up, 42 Upper Knight St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services were under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com