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Born: September 4, 1927

Death: March 23, 2013




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the Solon Fire Department.


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Raymond Buchmayer

    September 4, 1927  -  March 23, 2013
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Raymond “Booky” Buchmayer, 85, of Solon, died Saturday March 23, 2013 at Mercy Hospital Iowa City. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday March 29, 2013 at Brosh Chapel in Solon, located at 100 S. Cedar Street. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery with full Military Rites provided by the Solon American Legion, Stinocher Post #460. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Brosh Chapel in Solon.

Raymond was the first born of Otto and Agnes (Kriel) Buchmayer on September 4, 1927 in Solon. He graduated from Solon High School and attended Cornell College for three years. He then attended and graduated from Bricklayer Trade School. He married Elaine Schindler on January 17, 1953. She died December 31, 1996. Raymond served in the United States Army during WWII and was an active member of the Solon American Legion where he served as past commander. He was the adjunct for the American Legion 1st District and a member of the Bricklayers Union Local #3. Raymond worked as a bricklayer for over 50 years with Larson-Unzeitg before retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Solon Volunteer Fire Department and worked for Mark’s Auto Body. Raymond was a member of the Solon United Methodist Church.

Raymond loved hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting. He loved to travel to new places, his large family and his morning coffee trips uptown Solon with the guys. He was active in the farmers market in Solon and famous for his melons. He married Betty Jo Brumwell Lamansky on February 14, 2004 at the Solon United Methodist Church and his family really grew. Holidays, weddings and new babies kept him busy in his retirement years.

Raymond is survived by his wife Betty Jo, children; Richard (Jan), James (Eileen), Edward (Diane), Robert (Kathy), Patricia (Kevin) Balibrera, Pamela (Bryan) Mougin, Siblings; Paul Buchmayer and Dorothy Villhauer, ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, step-children; Elaine (Clarence) Rothmeyer, Wayne (Katherine) Brumwell, John (Michele) Brumwell, Susan (Russ) Grover, James (Rita) Brumwell, fourteen step grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elaine, infant son John and infant sister Irene.

“A gentle giant with a big heart”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Solon Fire Department, Solon United Methodist Church, and the Solon Veterans Memorial.