Wayne Edward “Buck” Buckingham, 85, of Thorntown, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at St. Vincent Hospice.
Born in North Salem on Nov. 27, 1920, he was the son of the late Virgil and Katherine Adeline Buckingham. He married Margery E. Neese on Nov. 1, 1947, and she survives.
He was reared and educated in North Salem. He then went to work farming and doing odd jobs until he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942. Mr. Buckingham served during World War II until he was honorably discharged in 1947. He then worked for Allison for 33 years doing machine repair until 1980. He also worked at the 4-H fairgrounds, Hopkins Grocery, Burgess Grill, Big Four Railroad and as a farmer at Lawson’s Farm. He also helped his nephew build houses, working with his brother doing the framing, plumbing and electrical work until he retired in 1998.
He enjoyed his family, fishing, camping, basketball and his grandchildren. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Thorntown and the Lions Club in Lebanon.
Survivors are also daughters Holly Dee Davis and husband Gary of Thorntown, Kimberly Jill Jordan and Tracy Rae Koontz and husband John, all of Lebanon, and Carol Davis of Hattiesburg, Miss.; siblings Harold Eugene Buckingham of Mechanicsburg, Dorothy May Jones of Texas, Norma Lou Trent of Lebanon and Lynda Sue Pratt of Jamestown; grandchildren Dusty Girdley, Misty Davis, Amanda Kay Jordan, Stacy Ann Bowen, Jamie Lynn Lawton, Billy John Davis and Phillip Davis; and four great-grandchildren. One daughter, Carol Buckingham, one brother, William Buckingham, and one sister, Maxine Vidito, are deceased.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Services are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, the Rev. David Rosen officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent’s Hospice, 2142 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260; Boone County Cancer Society, 210 E. Main St., Lebanon, IN 46052; or a charity of the donor’s choice.