Mr. Roger A. “Buck” Harley, 61, of Mill Creek, died of natural causes Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at 3:55 a.m. at his home.
He was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Battle Creek, Mich., to Loyal and Mary (Betto) Harley.
Mr. Harley retired from Howmet Corp. He was a Marine Corps recruiter in Iowa and Hawaii. He was a member of the Astronomy Club of West Lafayette, for which he donated a very large telescope. He was a graduate of Union Township schools. He built computers and many things in wood for his home, played the guitar, rebuilt cars and trucks and took in many stray animals. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, having achieved the rank of sergeant. He received the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service and Campaign medals, Presidential Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation with Palm, Gallantry Cross, Navy Unit Commendation, and Letter of Commendation.
On April 4, 1992, in La Porte, he married Sandra J. Spickard, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Shawn (Mary) Spickard of Hamlet and Scott (Christi) Spickard of La Porte; four grandsons, Nicholas and Tyler Spickard, Caleb Jackson and Jake Satkoski; one sister, Brenda Murray of La Porte; and two brothers, Duane Harley of Fenton, Mo., and Ralph Rankin of Hamlet.
He was preceded in death by his mother; two brothers, Bill and Don; and his grandparents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7363 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219.