Mahlon J Buckwalter, 98, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal, Mo.

Mahlon was born May 17, 1920, in Palmyra, to Harry Rohrer and Harriet Lenore Harsh Buckwalter. He married Ada Lucille Bonebrake on April 29, 1945, in Hannibal. She preceded him in death on May 5, 2005.

Survivors include his children, Janis L. Lomax, Palmyra; James A. Buckwalter and wife, Donna, Hannibal; David L. Buckwalter and wife Terrie, Palmyra; Judith A. Cotterill and husband, Brian, Dubai, UAE; and Richard W. Buckwalter, Palmyra; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Mahlon loved his children through deeds and sage advice.One brother, Warren Buckwalter, Hannibal, also survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers, John, Amos, Paul, Nathan, Allan, Wayne and Arthur; and one sister, Mary Nelson.  

He was a 1938 graduate of Palmyra High School and a member of the United Methodist Church of Palmyra.

Professionally Mahlon was a machinist for Gardner-Denver in Quincy, Ill., for 36 years, and a 50-year plus member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

He was a four year member of the United States Army, enlisting Sept. 16, 1941, until his honorable discharge on Sept. 2, 1945. He served during World War II and was stationed in England in Air Offensive Europe and Rhineland Campaigns, flying 31 combat missions.

Mahlon also served as a volunteer at the Palmyra Nutrition Center delivering meals for 20-plus years as well as completing many “fix-it” jobs there.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening, bird watching and particularly fishing. He spent many hours at North River Dam, Re-Regulation Dam and ponds often catching the “big “one. Trips to Canada for fishing were also a pleasure.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with full military rites given by American Legion Boots Dickson Post #174. Rev. Eric Anderson will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Lyndell Lomax, Alan Buckwalter, Lucas Buckwalter, Lance Lomax, Andrew Buckwalter and Jacob Buckwalter. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Nathan Buckwalter and Tyler Buckwalter.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra.

Memorials may be made to Palmyra Nutrition Center or Marion County Library Sub- District 1.

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