Funeral services for Henry Songer, 73 year old Buffalo resident who passed away quietly on Saturday at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo after a long illness, will be held Thursday, July 21st at 2:00 p.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Russ Cahhall officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. The VFW and American Legion will be in charge of military graveside services.
Henry Patterson Songer, also known as Pat to his family and Lefty to many of his friends, was born on November 1, 1937 in Buffalo, Wyoming to Roy and Mildred Songer. He grew up and went to school in Buffalo. As a young man, he heard the call of the military and joined the U.S. Navy in 1955. Although he served in many ports around the world, he had a special love for the far East. Henry served a tour of duty in Japan and one in the Philippines. He also served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was married in 1959 to Judy Shroyer and they were divorced in 1963. He was married to Marie Koblizk in 1963 and that ended in divorce in 1984. He was then married in 1990 to Sheila and she passed away in 1995. Henry retired from the Navy in 1976 after 21 years of service but he never lost the wanderlust the Navy had given him. For many years he criss-crossed the U.S. again and again, driving his big rig and later as a pilot car driver. Henry was well known in most truck stops around the country and remembered by all as the guy who would always drop a one-liner and leave them laughing. Henry shared his humor with everyone for the remainder of his days. Henry moved to Buffalo in 2006 where he continued to live until the time of his death.
Henry was a talented silversmith, engraver and leather worker and loved creating gifts for family and friends. He found his hobbies relaxing and rewarding and an expression of his artistry. Henry loved breakfast with his friends at Pistol Pete’s where he was a daily visitor. Henry was a friend to many across the world and will be greatly missed by countless numbers who may only have known him as “Lefty” , the truck driving joke guy.
He is survived by two sons, Russell Songer and his wife Rita of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Roy Songer and his wife Norma of Corpus Christy, Texas; three daughters, Renee Otto of Cushing, Wisconsin, Robin Munson of Buffalo, Wyoming and Pattie of the Philippines; two sisters, Betty Garland of Buffalo and Mary Burger of San Diego, California; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and his companion of many years Yannic Ingersol of Logan, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents.