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.

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16 Responses to BUCHKO

  1. nancy and tony pienkosky says:

    sorry for your loss. god be with you all at this time of loss.

  2. Bud Reedy says:

    A good man. A wonderful pastor. He made a difference. He will be missed.

  3. Marleen (Fowler) and Dave Bomar says:

    Our brother-in-law will be missed by many. His love for God and others was very evident in his life. “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus – – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24. New Living Translation. We were very blessed to have him in the family. May God’s presence comfort family and friends.

  4. The Edelschein's says:

    We are blessed to have known John and his family. Our condolences to the Buchko and Emert families.

  5. Sandra & Gary Hemminger (Wean) says:

    My deepest sympathy to Rev. Buchko’s family. I had the honor of knowing him & his family when they lived across the street from my family in Birdsboro, PA. I babysat for their children & went to the Church of the Nazarene as a child, teenager, etc. Your father & mother were the nicest people I knew & loved the Lord & their family from the moon & back. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Charles Hull says:

    I remember Rev Buchko when he was the pastor at Erie First Nazarene Church. I know though his preaching he truly was called of God to be a pastor .

  7. Vera Hanley says:

    So sorry for your loss! Praying for the family!

  8. Bernie Smith says:

    I remember Pastor John with great admiration, love, and respect after having had him as my Pastor at Erie First. He and Shirley were real sweet people. He will be missed here on Earth but he will greatly add to the wonder of Heaven. My prayers are with Jhonda , Gregory, Melissa, Tom, and his three grandchildren.

  9. Carol Jones Saint says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy to Jhonda, Greg, Melissa, Tom and the grandchildren in the loss of your Father and Grandfather. Rev. Buchko . was a dear man of God who served his Lord so faithfully. I got to know Pastor John and Shirley when they pastored the Erie First Nazarene Church, and they were dear friends. May God comfort your heavy hearts during this time of great loss.

  10. Rev. Buchko was my childhood and early teenager pastor in the late 60s. I can’t think of a person (let alone pastor) more kind and caring than Rev. Buchko. He and Shirley did so much for the Birdsboro Church of the Nazarene. My family, Sara/Jimmie Beideman, and Mary/Hunter March always spoke of him with many fond memories and such respect. He was the best of the best! The Birdsboro Church of the Nazarene was so lucky to have him as their pastor.

    On behalf of my parents I would like to extend our sympathy to Jhonda, Melissa, and Greg and their loved ones. He touched so many lives and we were so honored to be called his friends.

  11. Patti Fowler says:

    I was blessed to have John as my brother-in-law. I will miss him but take comfort in knowing he is home with Shirley. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers to Jhonda, Greg, Missi and family. May God Bless you at this most difficult time.

  12. We were sorry to learn of Pastor Buchko’s passing. He was our Pastor in Oxford during the early 1980’s, and we have kept in touch with him since, last talking with
    him in February or March. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this
    difficult time.

  13. Jim n Joyce (Fowle) Halliwill says:

    So sorry for your loss. Haven’t seen Uncle John in years, but I am
    sure he was still same sweet mellow person that I knew. He had no stronger love then his love for Jesus.

  14. Dan and Gladys Hamilton says:

    He was a good man and Pastor. We gtieve with yo bt know he is with the Lord.

  15. Dawn Williams says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Pastor Buchko’s passing. He was our pastor at the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. I was a teen then. What a wonderful, kind man. My heart goes out to all the family. Jhonda, Greg, and Missy you’re in my thoughts & prayers. God bless you all at this time.

  16. Geniene Leanza says:

    Sympathies & blessings to Johnda & her siblings.
    Love from Geniene

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