Joseph F. J. Buchtman, 90, of Churubusco, passed away at 12:32 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.\nMr. Buchtman was born on May 11, 1926 in New Haven, a son of Joseph F. and Frances (Schafer) Buchtman. He spent his formative years in New Haven.\nAfter school, he served his country in the United States Army, during World War II.\nOn August 13, 1949 he was married in Ege, to Bernice F. Karasiewicz. The couple moved to this area in 1974\nHe was employed at Zollner Corp, and retired in 1987after 30 years.\nMr. Buchtman was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church. He also belonged to the Churubusco American Legion Post #157, Boots and Bonnets Square Dance, and St. Vincents De Paul Society. He was a Volunteer Fire Fighter in New Haven from 1948 - 1972. He also helped with the St. John Bosco Food Bank and was apart of the SPARC group. He and Bernice also enjoyed traveling.\nHis wife Bernice preceded him in death on March 11, 2000.\nThe surviving relatives include four daughters, Helen (Jeffrey) Bracht of Rensselaer, Gretchen (Philip) Brunett of Roanoke, Lois (Randy) Kohlhepp of New Haven, and Josephine (Timothy) Steele of Goshen; three sons, Michael (Pauline) Buchtman of Bloomington, Vincent (Karen) Buchtman of League City, TX, and Roger (Connie) Buchtman of Fort Wayne; a sister, Catherine Bratcher of Indianapolis; 21 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.\nIn addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Barwiler; two brothers, Michael Buchtman and James Buchtman; a great-grandson, William Tyler Buchtman.\nThe Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, with Father Francis Chukwuma, the celebrant.\nThe family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, or at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.\nBurial will be in the St. John Baptist Catholic Cemetery, New Haven.\nFor those who wish, memorials may be directed to Masses or St. Vincent De Paul Society.