John Marion Buckman

November 22, 1924August 23, 2013

John Buckman, 88 passed away on August 23, 2013. Memorial mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 510 East 1st Street in Ankeny. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Oelwein, IA. John was born to Eunice (Basham) and Harvie Buckman on November 22, 1924 in Hazelton, IA where he attended country school. He later graduated from high school in Aurora, IA and attending college in Dubuque.

John married Kathleen Molloy (Kay) in 1952. They moved to Des Moines and later to Ankeny where they lived for 50 years. John worked for Graybar Electric retiring after 35 years. He served his country in the Merchant Marines and then the Army in the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W, was a master gardener for 10 years, and faithful member at the Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church.

John will be greatly missed by his son, Tom Yancy (Chris); grandson, Patrick Yancy (Amanda); great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Brendan; brother, Dale; sister, Miriam; many nieces and nephews; and his many friends and buddies at McDonald’s.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; son, Terry; brother, Robert and his parents.


  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, September 3, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Connie Morgan

September 1, 2013

I met Buck and Kay when I was 6 years old. They were our neighbors when they first moved to Des Moines. They were best friends with my folks for almost 50 years. I will miss our phone calls and news at Christmas time. What wonderful memories I have of them.

Linda & Gary Phillips

August 28, 2013

I fondly remember all the summers I spent with Buck and Kay growing up. I will greatly miss our Christmas phone calls. Tom, you know I would be there if I could, but we will be out of the country. Buck, I love you and miss you and am comforted that you and Kay are together in heaven.

Jean & Jim Lipscomb

August 28, 2013

I got to know John because he was a wonderful neighbor to my daughter and her family. John was much more than just a neighbor. The world would be a better place with more people like John.

My deepest sympathy to the family.