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Buben, David

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August 20, 1940 - July 19, 2016

Buben, David
David Buben, a 32-year resident of Kingwood, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, the 19th of July 2016.  He was surrounded by his loving family.  Dave was born August 20th, 1940 in Windber, Pennsylvania, to Margaret and Peter Buben.  He grew up in Windber and Central City, Pennsylvania.  Dave attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he earned a BS degree in Chemistry and graduated summa cum laude.  He then attended Carnegie Mellon University where he earned his MS and then his PhD degree in Chemistry in 1968.

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Dave is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen, son Chris, daughter-in-law Laura and grandson Alex.  He is also survived by his mother, Margaret, age 99, his sister Margaret Scruby (Brian), and sister Joanne Maune (Curt).

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Dave began his 27-year career with Exxon at the Esso Research Labs in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  His next career assignments were in Houston, Texas, Benicia, California, back to Baton Rouge and then again in Houston, where he retired in 1995.

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Dave’s essential nature was calm, kind, and compassionate.  His character colored every role he held in his life: rock-solid son and brother, loving husband, inspirational father, and indispensable colleague.

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Dave possessed a marvelous intellect.  He was an endless repository of facts and knowledge; he invariably had something relevant, funny, or interesting to add to any conversation.  His wisdom gave light to an irrepressible sense of humor and quick wit.

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Dave lived with Parkinson’s disease for 23 years and carried himself with courage, patience, and unwavering optimism.  After retirement, he spent many happy hours in his woodshop listening to the Bee Gees and building benches and birdhouses.

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Dave is missed dearly by his family, but the profound goodness he projected and thoughtfully shared lives on.

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A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on August 20th, his birthday, at Kingwood Funeral Home from 3 to 5 PM.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations or memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Service Information

Funeral: A celebration of life was held on 2016-08-20 at Kingwood Funeral Home.


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