September 16, 1931 ~ January 13, 2020

Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

James Emery Bucher Jr., 88, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020, at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center.

A native of Akron, OH, Mr. Bucher was a son of the late James Emery Bucher, Sr. and Agnes Mae Errington Bucher and was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Bucher, his son, Michael Bucher, infant son, Garrison Bucher and his brother, Fred Bucher. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and was retired from General Motors where he a Journeyman Machinist.

In Asheville, he was a member of St.Eugene Catholic Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanne Marie Bevenour DeLong Bucher and by Jeanne’s children, Susie Clontz, whom Jim considered his daughter, (her husband Judge Edwin D. Clontz), Connie Polk (her husband Chuck Polk) and Chuck DeLong. His grandchildren include Heidi Bucher, Michael Bucher, Jennifer Robertson, Charlie Clontz, the late Donnie Crotty, Carolyn Davis and Courtney Lilly. He also has six great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and one brother, Craig Bucher and wife Phyllis.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Eugene Parish with inurnment in the church columbarium on Friday January 24th, at 11am, with a reception following at noon at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters.


Visitation: January 16, 2020 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Mass: January 24, 2020 11:00 am

St. Eugene's Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street
Asheville, NC 28804


Reception: January 24, 2020 12:00 pm

St. Eugene's Catholic Church
72 Culvern Street
Asheville, NC 28804


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  1. Jim was a loving man with a big warm heart. He gave my mother new life when they met and treated her with love the many years they spent together. I will miss his wit. His love. And his wonderful always dependable memory. He was an honorable man who always treated me with love and warmth. I will miss him. I hold him in my heart forever.


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