Department mourns retired officers’ deaths

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The town police department is mourning the recent, unrelated losses of two of its own.

Greg A. Settle, a 22-year veteran of the department who retired in 2009, died Feb. 1. He was 58.

Ralph C. Buracker, who served with the department in the 1970s, died Jan. 27 at age 77.

The department remembered both men with photos and messages on its Facebook page.

"With our hearts heavy, the Front Royal Police Department wishes to express its condolences to the family and friends of retired police officer, Greg Settle, whom we lost," one of the messages states. "Officer Settle gave 22 years of service to the citizens of Front Royal as a law enforcement officer. His memory will not only linger among his police family he worked with, but also to those that he had an impact upon, in their lives."

The message also highlighted Settleís deep Christian faith.

In its next message, the department extended condolences to Burackerís family and friends.

"Ralph was a former police officer, having served 15 years with the department back in the '70s," the message states, accompanied by archive photos of Buracker in uniform and with the department color guard.

Two photos showed Buracker as president of the newly formed Front Royal-Warren County Chapter 33 of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Services for Settle were conducted Monday in the North Warren Fire Hall, Cedarville. His family and friends encourage memorial contributions in his name to The Independence Fund, which provides track wheelchairs for severely wounded veterans. For information, call (888) 851-7996 or visit

Services for Buracker were held Feb. 1 at Maddox Funeral Home, with Sammy Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the Martin Ed Alger Cemetery in Page County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation or to a charity of oneís choice.

In addition to his parents, Settle is survived by his wife Christina Cooley Settle; his son, Taylor Ballard Settle; his stepgrandson and granddaughter, and stepdaughter Lacy Fox. He also is survived by his oldest brother Rick of Stephens City, his only sister, Connie Wayland and his youngest brother, Jeff, all of Front Royal; many nieces and nephews; and his dogs Nelson and Coco.

Buracker is survived by his wife Shelby J. Buracker; two daughters, Shelby Theresa Henry and Kimberly R. Lauffer, both of Front Royal; brother Ronald B. Buracker of Luray; three sisters, Nancy C. Bailey, Brenda Weakley and Karen F. Cubbage, all of Stanley; two grandchildren; one step-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

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