Howard Eugene Buntain, 93, of Terre Haute, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017, at his home. He was born in Vermillion County, north of Libertyville to the late Byron Buntain and Violet Swafford Buntain. He married Virginia Rose Bozarth on Dec. 4, 1942, in Clinton.
Howard retired from Teamsters Local 144 as a truck driver for McDaniel Freight Line, where he was employed for 28 years. Upon retirement, he and his wife spent 20 winters in a retirement community in Fort Pierce, Fla. While there, they met many friends from different parts of the country and have maintained their friendships. Due to health problems, they returned to Terre Haute.
Howard was a member of Northwest Church of Christ, William Penn 727 Masonic Lodge, life member of Krietenstein American Legion Post 104, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6653, and Voiture 21 40 & 8. He was in the United States Army 923 Heavy Auto Maintenance as a truck driver in Europe during World War II for 28 months. He loved to reminisce and shared many stories from his time at war.
Howard is survived by his wife of 74 years, Virginia Rose Buntain of Terre Haute; a grandson, Bradley Buntain and wife Bonnie of Terre Haute; a granddaughter, Ronda Weiss and husband Mike of Coal City; great-grandchildren, Eli Buntain, Shyleigh Buntain, both of Terre Haute, Erica Weiss and Jenna Weiss, both of Coal City, and a stepgreat-grandson, Jonah Melcho of Marshall, Ill.; a sister, Helen Blanton and husband Carl of Robinson, Ill.; brother, Duane Buntain and wife Helen of Bardstown, Ky.; brother-in-law, Max Bozarth and wife Marilyn of Bella Vista, Ariz.; a special friend, Sharon Scott, who called Howard and Virginia "Mom and Pop"; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ronnie Gene Buntain in 2002 and Rex Howard Buntain in 2004; and a great-grandson, Shane Buntain in 2017.
Visitation will be held from noon until 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home, with a funeral ceremony officiated by Pastor David Grubb immediately following. Howard will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by Krietenstein American Legion Post 104. Howard's family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice for their care and compassion during his final days. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
Published on July 6, 2017