Monday, August 10, 2015

DHS Alum Buford 'Boo' Grosscup Passes At 93

Buford "Boo" M. Grosscup of Lincoln passed away August 2, 2015, just nine days short of his 94th birthday.  Buford was born in Dorchester to Clinton and Helen (Powell) Grosscup and was part of Dorchester's Class of 1939.

That DHS Class of 1939 had 33 members, including Harold Krivohlavek  and Bertha Dusanek Zak, both of whom also passed away recently.

Buford attended Doane College on a basketball scholarship where he met his wife, Jane Skokan. After graduation, he joined the Navy as a "Ninety Day Wonder" and served in the Pacific during WW II as a PT boat commander with the rank of lieutenant j.g.

Buford and Jane were married on November 5, 1943. Their 71 year union produced three children: Lynn, Bryan, and Paul.  Buford began his teaching and coaching career in Norfolk in 1946. He continued teaching and coaching at Lincoln High School in 1951 retiring in 1983. He coached football for several years and was named head baseball coach in 1956 retiring from coaching in 1973. In 1956 and 1963 his baseball teams won state championships.

Buford was inducted into the Doane Athletic Hall of Fame, Doane's Honor D Club, the Nebraska State Officials Hall of Fame, the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nebraska School Athletic Association.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, August 11, at Butherus, Maser and Love funeral home, 4040 A street. Buford will be cremated followed by a private family burial at Lincoln Memorial Park. No visitation. Memorials may be sent to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation at 500 Charleston Street, Suite 3, Lincoln, NE, 68508.

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