James Buck

April 23, 1925March 16, 2013
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Celebration of the Life of James Buck

James “Jim” Buck, age 87, of Lewisville, Texas, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2013. Jim was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather and friend to all who knew him.

He was born April 23, 1925 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Wilmer and Lillie (Hadlund) Buck. Jim was raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1943, where he was appointed Major in the ROTC, selected Best Citizen by the faculty, and played football and baseball. Jim’s family attended the First Baptist Church. Jim served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1946. He was a part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Wabash College. and played football. He attended Naval Flight Prep School at Ohio Wesleyan University and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana. He received a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska – Omaha in 1950.

He taught school and worked in real estate early in his career. Jim joined IBM in sales in 1956 and held many management positions until he retired in 1988 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was active in the Shriners and Elks Club. Jim relocated to Carrollton, Texas in 1988. He was a member, elder and deacon of the The Nor’Kirk Presbyterian Church. Jim volunteered at the Department for the Aging and a local Carrollton hospital. He was involved in community affairs, avid reader of world and local events, enjoyed sport activities and trivia, and cherished quality time with his family and friends.

He was united in marriage to Sadie Mae Vanderpool on August 24, 1947 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They were married 51 years, until her death in January 26, 1999. They had one daughter, Susan Buck. Several years later, Jim was blessed with another family when he married Gleda “Jackie” Gresham in January 10, 2003 in Carrollton, TX. Jackie preceded him in death in September 13, 2011.

Jim was preceded in death by Sadie Mae Buck and Jackie Buck; his parents; his sister, Lillian Buck Lantis of Ottawa, Kansas; and brother, Carl Buck of Red Oak, Iowa.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Susan Buck Badger and husband, David of Lewisville, TX; granddaughter Ramie Badger Elkins, and husband Nelson; and great-grandchildren Emory and Genevieve “Gigi” Elkins of Lewisville, TX; grandson Brandon Badger, and wife, Corynn Badger, and great-grandchildren Natalie and Owen Badger of Austin, TX; sister Virginia Buck Moats of Park Rapids, MN; nieces: Janice, Ruth, Patricia, Barbara, Roberta; nephews Rodger, Curtiss, James, Robert; step-daughter, Gloria Sanders of Bridgeport, TX, and step-son, Phillip Hoile and wife Deborah of Blanchard, OK; grandchildren Tracy, Stacey, Brandi, Kelly, Jason; and great-grandchildren Toby, Caylee, Hunter, Cody, Hailey, Alex, Aaron, Shawn and Kris; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, March 22, 2013 at The Nor’kirk Presbyterian Church, 3915 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX, with Reverend Bill Parr officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00pm before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements under the Direction of Rhoton Funeral Home 1511 S. I 35 East. Carrollton, Texas 75006 972-242-5261


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March 24, 2013

The Council Bluffs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution pays a tribute & deepest gratitude to James Buck for the sacrifice he made for our country.

Martha hartman

March 23, 2013

My condolences to Jim's family. I knew him and his family at the Baptist Church in Council Bluffs. He and his wife Sadie Mae came to California to visit us. He was a fine person and I'm sure you will all miss him.

American Heart Association

March 23, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Bryan Flanagan

March 22, 2013

Sorry to hear the news - as a Council Bluffs Flanagan - we all knew Lillie and Wilmer Buck growing up in the First Baptist Church and heard about Jim and family in many stories from my parents. What a beautiful family in the pictures with grandkids - it appears Jim was blessed with a truly wonderful life and many happy days surrounded by loved ones. Best Wishes to all of you at this time -- Bryan and Sheri Flanagan, Parker Colorado

John Reas

March 22, 2013

I have had the honor of knowing Jim and his family throughout the many years we have been with the Nor'kirk community, and I've always been impressed by his gentleness and gracious kindness. He will always be fondly remembered by the men of the Kirk, and we can take comfort knowing that he will always be a part of us.

Karen Tate

March 22, 2013

Jim was a wonderful friend whom Glenn and I enjoyed getting to know these last few years through Dave and Sue. He will be greatly missed. We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Betsy Buck Myers

March 21, 2013

Thank you to whoever loaded the pictures, esp the older ones. Uncle Jim was my grandpa Carl's brother. I was so excited to see pictures of Wilmer and Lillie (their parents, my great-grandparents). They both passed when I was very young but I was excited to see they looked just as I remembered them! And the pictures of them when they were kids were so wonderful. As were the pictures over the years of all of them: Wilmer, Lillie, Jim, Sadie, Carl, Kitty, Virginia and Lil. Thank you so much!
Uncle Jim was so much like his brother Carl in his love for his family and devotion to the Lord. I bet they are all having an amazing reunion right now!

Linda Feemster

March 21, 2013

I am sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. I didn't know him very long but he was always gracious and sweet. He will be missed but now he is in Heaven with the Lord...God bless his family.

Dawn Batchelor Sanders

March 21, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim was a wonderful man & great friend to my parents. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Karen & Jim Miller

March 21, 2013

As Karen's mom (Jim's cousin) Martha Flanagan Pierce has shared fond memories of growing up with the Buck & Flanagan & other cousins of their generation, its been heart-warming and reassuring to hear that foundation of love, family, and community that they shared. It was indeed that "norm" they started with to raise their own families.

The fun stories from Mom include fond memories (old AND very recent) of Jim.

For us, just looking through the photo's posted here have been a treat. Thank you for taking the time to share them.

Please know you are all in our thoughts & prayers.

Our sincere condolences, Karen & Jim