People who knew Harry Buch say his family always came first. That did not prevent him from a full life of public service, however.
Buch, 83, died Saturday at his home in Wheeling.
His chosen profession was the law, and he served with distinction for many years. In 2011, he was honored for his carreer as a lawyer by being recognized as a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation.
Fresh out of a two-year stint in the Navy, Buch served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1958-64.
He may have been known best for his decades as a member of the West Virginia Racing Commission, through which he performed lasting service to the sport of horse racing. He served as chairman of the commission for many years and, from 1988-89, was president of the Assocation of Racing Commissioners International.But in terms of amount of service and lives touched, Buch made an enormous mark right here at home. His involvement in the community included a truly impressive list of services. It is summed up best by noting that in 1979 he received the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Outstanding Achievement Award, then, in 1988, he was named a Distinguished West Virginian.
Buch will be missed by both those who knew him and those whose lives were made better in ways large and small by his service. We extend our condolences to his family.