Dana Eugene Buskirk

Dana Eugene Buskirk, 55, of Parkersburg, passed away on July 6, 2014, surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with his illness.

Dana was a son of the late Charles Ira Buskirk and Leslie Morris Buskirk.

Dana was a wonderful husband, a loving father, a doting grandfather and a great friend to many. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing, bartering, going to auctions and just sitting around telling stories and enjoying the company of friends. Dana was the meaning of a true friend and enjoyed helping others, never expecting anything in return.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa, of 23 years; eight children, Heather, Amanda, Dana, Lynda, Sierra, Robert, Michael and Donald; four grandchildren, Alayna, Cheyenne, Christopher and Dean, all four the apples of his eye; seven brothers and sisters, Charles (Stephanie), Debra (Pat), Rhonda (Gregg), Anne (Pat), Jody (Pam), Joyce (Gary) and Beth; many nieces and nephews, two of which he was more of a father figure to, Matt and Ashley; a very special great-neice, Bayley, who called him “uncle papa”; many cousins; several great friends, some of who were more like brothers, Fred Carpenter and Eric Goff; one of Dana’s dearest and oldest friends, Manuel Ribeiro, who was by his side every day; and a (future) son-in-law, David Veon, who was there daily assisting him with his care. Dana has certainly left a void in the lives of everyone he knew. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several aunts, uncles and one grandson, Nicholas.

There is a memorial service planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 9, at Southwood Park. We invite anyone who knew Dana to stop by and help us celebrate his life and tell your stories.

Since there will be no formal funeral service, in lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask that you honor Dana’s memory by simply being kind to one another, help a stranger, just simply pay it forward.