FORESTVILLE: Kenneth L. VanBuskirk, 69, of Swan Street, Forestville, died Monday, September 4th, 2023 at his residence, following a short illness. He was born in Silver Creek on December 6, 1953, the son of the late George VanBuskirk and Mae (Newton) Franklin.
Ken served in the U.S. Marines as a Pfc during the Vietnam War and served 1 year overseas. He worked as a Truck Driver for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Bladenboro, NC. and previously worked as a Crane Operator for the former Roblin Steel Co., Dunkirk. He also, at one time, drove truck for First Freight, Dunkirk.
Ken enjoyed riding motorcycles & classic cars, his favorite car was his 1974 Chevy Nova SS, with a High Output 350.
Survivors include three sons Chris (Cassandra) Hubbart, of Sterling, VA; Jeromy (Crystal Irwin) VanBuskirk, of Forestville; Brandon VanBuskirk, a brother, David (Valorie) VanBuskirk, of Forestville; a half brother, Christopher (Faith) Thoroman, of Flint, MI; a step sister, Kathy (Lance) Parker and a step brother, Kennard Franklin, Jr. Also surviving are three grandchildren. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his stepfather Kennard Franklin, Sr., a sister Susan Sheldon, an infant sister Georgette VanBuskirk and an infant brother Daniel VanBuskirk.
Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Saturday, September 30th from 11 am – 1 pm, from where a Celebration of Life will be conducted 1 o’clock, with Rev. David Watson, pastor of Sheridan United Methodist Church, officiating. Military Services will be conducted by members of J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Forestville.
The family suggests memorials may be made either to Sheridan United Methodist Church, Main Road Sheridan, NY 14135 or Forestville Fire Department, Inc. PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.
To post condolences or memories go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com.