Merle Dean Bucher

June 4, 1952 ~ November 14, 2018 (age 66)
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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend Merle Dean Bucher, age 66, of Las Cruces, NM, on November 14, 2018. Merle was born on June 4, 1952, in Wabash, Indiana, to Max and Elizabeth (Gump) Bucher. Merle was a devoted family man and well- respected mechanic. Merle served as the mechanic for UPS of Las Cruces for 32 years before his retirement.

Those left to mourn his passing include his daughter Paulette Ortiz and son in law Victor Ortiz, his son Matthew Bucher , daughter Sarah Bucher, step- daughter Karrie Harris, stepsons Keith Harris and Andrew Snodgrass, grandchildren Paul Ortiz, Victoria Ortiz and Max Bucher, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Merle was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Laura (Rayburn) Bucher.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 18 from 1-2 pm preceding the 2:00 pm memorial service at Deal-Rice Funeral Home, Andrews. Merle will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Andrews.

Preferred memorials are to Wounded Warriors Project c/o Deal-Rice Funeral Home, 233 N. Main St., Andrews, IN 46702.

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