Irene was born May 10, 1920, in Milford, Ind., to Howard and Aileen (Hover) Poe. She married Wayne M. Bucher, Sr. on April 17, 1938; he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 2009.
Irene moved to the local area in 1938. She was a Postal Clerk in Milford for 11 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Warsaw, President of the Kosciusko Democrat Women’s Organization from 1965-1967, President of the Kosciusko Welfare Board from 1965-1967 and was a 40 year member of the Tippecanoe Country Club, being an avid golfer and bridge player. Together with her husband Wayne, they developed Cindonway Shores in 1979, which is named after their three children. Irene helped on the family farm and enjoyed spending winter in Florida.
Irene is survived by a daughter: Cindy (Stan) Harper, Syracuse, two sons: Wayne (Sandra) Bucher Jr., Milford; Don (Peggy) Bucher, Syracuse; six grandchildren: three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; 13 great-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and a sister: Frances Barnes, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Wayne Sr.; and two sisters: Leona Dippon and Joy Tanner.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Mishler Funeral Home, Milford. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the funeral home with Pastor Gary Boschain officiating the service. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Riley Children’s Hospital.