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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Pine Valley

1320 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

James "Buff" A. Buffenbarger

March 18, 1955September 10, 2020
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James A. “Buff” Buffenbarger, 65, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on Friday, Sept. 10, 2020. Born March 18, 1955 in Fort Wayne, Jim was the son of the late Donald and Delores Buffenbarger.

Jim retired in 2014 from a 40 year career as theatre manager with Regal Entertainment Group. Beginning at the age of 16 as an usher at Southtown Cinemas, Jim quickly progressed through the ranks to management. Following a promotion, Jim became the manager at Glenbrook Cinemas, where he was to meet a cashier that would eventually become his wife. Jim thoroughly enjoyed his part in bringing Coldwater Crossing Cinemas to Fort Wayne. The week long Grand Opening festivities were a memory he cherished throughout his career. As the General Manager, Jim played an integral role in bringing a modern theatre experience to Fort Wayne with the 2004 redevelopment of Coldwater Crossing Stadium 14. Aside from movies, Jim most enjoyed time spent with his kids and their friends as a basketball and soccer coach, and a band dad with the Carroll Charger Pride. Jim was a passionate fan of IU basketball, Colts football, and Fort Wayne Komets Hockey. Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diane Buffenbarger; son, Cole (Kristyn) Buffenbarger; daughter, Mallory (Ben) Fries; daughter, Tobe (Josh) Buffenbarger-Hall; grandchildren, Isaac, Rone, Shiloh, Nick, Alex, Arthur, Quentin; brother, Mike (Joyce) Buffenbarger; and sister, Patricia (Joe) Bowser.

Graveside service will be on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 am at Highland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley (1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825) and Friday, September 18, 2020 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the funeral home.

Preferred Memorials to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or to the family for a Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Memorial Plague in Jim's honor. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Calling

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Calling

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Preferred Memorials

Memories

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Jerry Clausman

September 18, 2020

My first memory did not post. So I am doing this second time.
Great guy, great guy, great friend, greZat boss! I was his assistant at Southtown in 1978 and he taught so much ! Probably the best time of my life! Buff,
Love you man! You at peace! God bless you!

Colleen O'Connor-Shupe

September 18, 2020

In 1976 I applied for a job at Southtown Cinemas with my high school boy friend who always wanted to work at a movie theater. We both interviewed with the boss but I was the one who got the call back! It was a great first job and the right environment to help a shy kid gain some confidence. Mr. Buffenbarger (later "Buff" when I was less scared) was the perfect first boss and I learned a lot about managing a team by watching him. He made work fun and kept morale high while running an efficient operation - no easy task with a staff of high school and college kids! Thinking about those days makes me smile. I was also blessed enough to have worked with Diane at Glenbrook . My prayers go out to you, Diane and your beautiful family at this difficult time. How fortunate you were to find each other...

Lisa Rosselot (White)

September 17, 2020

The Buffenbargers were amazing neighbors of mine growing up! Jim and Diane gave me my first job as a babysitter to Cole and Mallory. Jim was always so friendly when I saw him at the movie theater also. Remember the first time that I babysat Cole and Mallory? I accidentally locked us out of the house! Lol! Jim was very understanding. He was a great person and will leave such great memories.

Jonathan Schie

September 17, 2020

I remember Mr. Buffebarger helping me when my mom was sick and getting worse. I went to work and he asked what I was doing coming in when my mom was in the hospital. He told me he appreciated me thinking of the company but she was more important and then took me all the way to Lutheran hospital to see her. I will never forget that, I'm going to really miss him. My condolences to the family.

Kim & Eric Riebersal

September 17, 2020

Jim spent his life always caring more for others than he cared for himself. His 'Tom Selleck' smile, child-like laugh, and friendly nature will be missed, but memories will endure.

Trisha Englert

September 16, 2020

My husband Dave and I met Jim through my friendship with his wonderful wife Diane . Was a bridesmaid in their wedding and there for them after the birth of their children. I continue to have a cherished friendship today. My heart breaks for you Diane , Cole , Mallory and Toby . You are all in our prayers. Hoping you can find peace in knowing Jim is no longer suffering . Please let me know what I can do to help you. I’m still a great listener . Love you all !

Scott Sproat

September 16, 2020

One of the world’s true gentlemen. I never has a conversation with ‘Buff’ that didn’t result in me being in a better mood when it ended than when it began. As a husband, father, and friend he had few equals. The world is a little darker place today with Buff’s departure, but I take comfort knowing that he journeys to a far better place... and even there the destination will be that much better upon his arrival. Thankful for every memory I hold.
- Scott A. Sproat

Kayla Loe

September 15, 2020

Diane, and Kids
Sending the warmest hugs I can with lots of love.
I am so blessed to have met Jim and his family and share some of their life.
I’ll keep you all in my prayers.
Love, Kayla Loe

Jeri Yarbrough

September 14, 2020

I remember Buff, my cousin Brian and my brother Jim playing basketball in the driveway when I was young. Buff gave me my first job at General Cinemas when I was still in school. I became his assistant manager at Glenbrook. I cherish the knowledge he gave me and how he helped me succeed in my career. Will always love him.

Jim Yarbrough

September 14, 2020

Buff and I have been friends way back to our Belle Vista days. I have great memories playing basketball with him. Buff also hired me as an usher at Southtown Cinemas and started my career in theatre management. He had such an influence on my life which I will be forever grateful. I will miss him and will always love him.

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