H. Andrew “Buzz” Bain
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 |
H. Andrew “Buzz” Bain
After 86 years of a life well-lived, H. Andrew “Buzz” Bain slipped away peacefully on November 19. Buzz confronted poverty as a youngster, war at age 17, and a variety of health issues in his later years. Through it all, he remained a fighter.
Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1925, Buzz endured the hardships of the Great Depression, learning that hard work and education were the keys to his success. He entered the Coast Guard two months after graduating from high school, serving three years before enrolling in Defiance [Ohio] College and Ohio State University on the G.I. Bill. It was at Defiance that he met Winifred Gerken, the woman who would become his wife. After graduating from O.S.U., he entered Capital University Law School, earning his J.D. degree in 1956.
He began his legal career in the Columbus City Attorney’s Office until starting his private practice in 1960. He continued as a successful attorney specializing in family law, probate and personal injury until his retirement in 1988. During that time, he and Winnie enjoyed raising their two daughters and travelled the world, to Russia, Africa, South
America, and the Caribbean, among other locales.
Buzz and Winnie moved to Deland, Florida and enjoyed 15 years of retirement there until Winnie’s death in 2003. They had been married for 56 years. Deeply saddened, but – as always, undaunted – Buzz moved to Austin where, for the last eight years, he spent time with his family, writing, and expanding his vast knowledge of American history.
He will always be remembered for his insight, integrity, wisdom, and, above all, his abiding love for Winnie and their family.
Buzz leaves behind his daughter Patricia Bain Bachner and her husband, John, of Great Falls, VA; his daughter Elizabeth Bain Nikolovski and husband, Steve, of Lakeway, TX; and his four grandchildren, Trevor, Corey Jean, Zachary, and Drew.
Friends and family gathered for a celebration of his life on Monday, Nov. 21at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis.
Memorial donations may be made to Marietta College, 215 5th Street, Marietta, OH 45750.
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway, TX 78734 – (512) 263-1511