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Thomas J. "Tommy" Buis

June 3, 1943 — August 16, 2021

Thomas J. "Tommy" Buis, 78, of Somerset; passed away Monday, August 16, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

He was born on June 3, 1943 in Cincinnati, OH; son of Deva Estes Buis and the late Raymond Buis. He worked as a diesel mechanic for a number of years, and operated Tommy Buis Trucking for a number of years. He was an avid guitar player, a meticulous record keeper, a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoyed traveling. He enjoyed cooking, and taking meals to his mother. He was an excellent diesel mechanic who built a truck from the ground up. He was a member of the Freemasons and the Oleika Shriners for 31 years.

He is survived by his son, Timothy J. Buis; a daughter, Traci Payne; his mother, Deva Estes Buis; a brother, Robert R. "Bob" Buis; two sisters, Cheryl & (James Fred) Hines, and Vicki Buis Newell; four grandchildren, John Thomas Buis & (Angela), Morgan E. Buis & (Johnny Christian), Taylor D. Payne, and Brayden J. Payne; and a great-grandchild, Marley Mae Christian; special neighbors, Tim & Carrie Trabish who looked after and assisted Tommy in the last few months; and a host of nieces and nephews who were special to Tommy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Buis.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, August 21, 2021 at the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Somerset Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Friday, August 20, 2021 at Pulaski Funeral Home, and after 9 AM Saturday, until time for services.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508 or at

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.

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