A memorial service for retired Sgt. 1st Class Donald F. Buss, 96, of Killeen, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Mr. Buss died April 9, 2019, at a local hospital, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 31, 1922, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to the late John C. and Sadie L. Buss.

Mr. Buss proudly served in the United States Army until his retirement on June 30, 1978, including wartime service in both World War II and Vietnam. During his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal w/1 st Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Service Stars, and the Combat Infantryman Badge, along with numerous other awards.

He later worked as a postman, mechanic and a Fort Hood deer guide. Mr. Buss was loved by many friends and family, and will be dearly missed. He was blessed with a loving family.

Mr. Buss was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Maria Buss; children, Thomas Buss and Bonnie Beasley; and sister, Dorothy Buss.

He is survived by his children, Ramona Amador, and husband Robert Amador, Jeff Buss, Kim Buss and Donald Ortega; daughter-in-law, Julia Buss; grandchildren, Cassie Hicks, Amanda Ball, Antonio Amador, Alexander Amador and Alyssa Amador; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Anneliese Allums; beloved friend and companion dog, Lobo; and “deer guide and coffee buddies,” Carl Beckom and Del Rubedor.

A procession to the cemetery will leave Heritage Funeral Home, Harker Heights, at 9:30 a.m.

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