James Buckler Obituary

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James Buckler

June 12, 1938 - December 13, 2011
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James Benjiamin Buckler, age 73, of Elk Rapids passed away Tuesday December 13, 2011 at Munson Hospice House. He was born June 12, 1938 in Elmira to Clarence and Margaret (Justice) Buckler. He graduated from Gaylord High School in 1956. The day after graduation, Jim enlisted in the US Navy, and served his country for 20 years. On March 12, 1962 Jim married the love of his life Lydia Sabatini in Seaconk, Mass. Together they raised 3 children. After his career in the military, Jim returned home and owned and operated James B. Buckler Builders. Jim was commander of the Am. Vets. Post in Elk Rapids for many years and in his spare time he...
James Benjiamin Buckler, age 73, of Elk Rapids passed away Tuesday December 13, 2011 at Munson Hospice House. He was born June 12, 1938 in Elmira to Clarence and Margaret (Justice) Buckler. He graduated from Gaylord High School in 1956. The day after graduation, Jim enlisted in the US Navy, and served his country for 20 years. On March 12, 1962 Jim married the love of his life Lydia Sabatini in Seaconk, Mass. Together they raised 3 children. After his career in the military, Jim returned home and owned and operated James B. Buckler Builders.
Jim was commander of the Am. Vets. Post in Elk Rapids for many years and in his spare time he loved to hunt and fish.
Family was extremely important to Jim. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Lydia of Rapid City, Son Michael (Alice) Buckler of Gaylord and daughter Michele Buckler of Berkley; 4 grandchildren: Eric, Cathrine, Stephanie, and Christopher; 2 great grandchildren: Hailey and Logan; 5 siblings: Betty Keesler, Billy (Lois) Buckler, Mattie Lee Townsend, Clayton (Nila) Buckler, and Nancy Peabody; many nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and son Mark.
A visitation will be held Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 5-7pm at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. A memorial service with military honors will be held Friday, December 16, 2011 at 11 am also at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim's name may be directed to the James B. Buckler Scholarship Fund c/o Alden State Bank, 300 Ames St., Elk Rapids MI 49629.
Please share a memory of Jim at www.covellelkrapids.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.

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