Reverend John Buchko, 78, of Somerset, went home to be with the Lord on April 15 after a lengthy illness. Born June 8, 1938 in Cokeburg, PA to the late Mike and Anna (Wargo) Buchko of Atlasburg, PA. He grew up in Cross Creek, PA and graduated high school as the Valedictorian of his class. He later graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a degree in Physics, then, in an answer to a call to preach, went on to graduate from the Nazarene Theological Seminary at Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity.
A Nazarene preacher for over 50 years, he loved doing God’s work, playing with kids, and reading. He is preceded in death by his wife Shirley Ann (Fowler) Buchko. He is survived by three children: Jhonda Buchko, Gregory Buchko, Melissa (Buchko) Emert and son-in-law Tom Emert, and three grandchildren: Ty – Tiana (Taylor) Buchko, Skylar Emert, and Zachary Emert. Friends will be received from 6-8 PM Wednesday, April 19 at Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset, and from 1-2 PM Thursday April 20 at the Somerset Church of the Nazarene with a service to follow at 2 PM. Committal will be held immediately after at St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, at Rev. Buchko’s request, donations may be made in his memory to the Somerset Church of the Nazarene.