Herb N. Buffenbarger 69 of Indianapolis, IN went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. He was born July 2, 1940 in East Liberty, OH to the late Nelson and Flora (Phipps) Buffenbarger. Herb was a 1958 graduate of Salem High School and a 1962 graduate of Kentucky Christian University. He was a multi-talented man who enjoyed many vocations. He was pastor at Mr. Carmel Church of Christ in Ravenna, KY and later at Michigantown Christian Church in Michigantown, IN. In Clinton County he served as a volunteer fireman and EMT. He was a trainer/instructor for EMT’s through Ivy Tech. A time in real estate eventually led to a career in banking, where Herb spent over twenty years as a mortgage broker. Upon his retirement from the banking industry Herb re-entered full-time ministry, becoming senior pastor at both Urban Christian Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN. He was a Christ-minded community leader with a genuine heart for individuals caught in destructive lifestyles. This led him to found and direct Urban Recovery Center in Indianapolis, a shelter for women coming out of prison. In addition, Herb established drug and alcohol support groups, counseling and mentoring programs, and various other faith-based programs.
Visitation and Services
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, July 1st from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery. Donations in memory of Herb may be made to the Urban Christian Church/Recovery Center; 920 Laurel St., Indianapolis, IN 46203. Envelopes will be available.
Herb is survived by his loving wife, Nancy (Coapstick) Buffenbarger of Indianapolis, as well as his children, Mischelle (Robert) Johnson of Indianapolis, Greg (Deborah) Buffenbarger of Camden, and Brad (Lisa) Buffenbarger of DeKalb, IL. Herb leaves seven grandchildren, Tanner, Malachi, Ian, Leah, Chelsea, Caleb and Seth and three great-grandchilden, Cameron, Kiera and Carson. Herb is also survived by two sisters, Jan Bradford of Rushsylvania, OH and Bonnie Mangas of Union City, IN and eleven nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Buffenbarger and a nephew Anthony Mangas.