Leon Ray Van Buskirk, 88, died April 6, 2018 at the Veteran’s Community Living Center in Bath.

A family celebration of Leon’s life will be held at a later time.

Leon served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea, and worked at American Can in Geneva from 1954 to 1989. He was a volunteer firefighter in the Dresden Fire Dept., and a volunteer for the Dresden United Methodist Church’s First Aid Closet. He was a life member of the Seneca Lake Duck Hunter’s Club; Elks Club, Penn Yan American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Penn Yan. He also was a member of the Penn Yan Moose and a life customer of the Dairyman’s Diner in Dresden. He was a silverware to jewelry artisan. 

Leon was beloved by his family and friends. His selflessness and sense of humor touched many lives and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by wife, Trudy Van Buskirk, (Siegrist); his daughter, Dian (Bern) Smith; grandchildren, Jeremy (Ann), and great-grandson Bastian Smith; Jennie (Ryan) and great-grandson, Brayden Babcock; granddaughters, Shannon and Shelby, and grandson, Shane, of Candor; son, Robert Van Buskirk; granddaughter, Mollie; great-grandson, Liam and great-granddaughter, Emilia Ames of Penn Yan; stepdaughter, Braedy (Michael) DelRossa; great-grandson, Payton; great-granddaughter, Grace of Geneva; step-son, Bret (Jacklyn) Siegrist; great-granddaughter, Jade; great-grandson, Duke Riley; and step-son Todd (Kay) Hancock, of Long Beach, Calif. He is also survived by a brother, Richard (Helen) of Riverview, Fla.

Leon was predeceased by son, Larry Van Buskirk.