Mr. Edmund L. Buczkowski

December 29, 1926June 25, 2014

Edmund Lucyan Buczkowski “Butch” of Little Rock, passed away June 25, 2014, surrounded by four generations of his loving family. He was born December 29, 1926 in Gospoda, Arkansas to Mateusz Lucyan Buczkowski and Stephania Borosewicz Buczkowski. His parents immigrated from Poland in the early 1900's, married and moved to Arkansas to start a Polish community near Des Arc, Arkansas called, Gospoda. Gospoda became a thriving Polish community with a post office, railroad depot, and other mercantile businesses. It was located in the heart of a farming community and near the White River, were Butch would later farm rice and soybeans. He attended Des Arc High School and later the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville after serving honorably in the Navy during WWII and the Korean conflict. Butch would tell his family that the best day of his life was when he met the love of his life, Dorothy Liggett, from Kennett, Missouri and was married three months later in 1953. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Liggett Buczkowski of little Rock, daughter Laura Daven (Tim) of Little Rock, son John Buczkowski (Tonya) of Eagle River, Alaska. Four grandchildren, Kinsey Carr (Elliott) of little Rock, Patrick Daven (Rachael) of Jacksonville, Florida and Mark Daven of Fayetteville Arkansas, Faith Buczkowski of Eagle River, Alaska and one great-grandchild, Preston Carr. Butch was affectingly known to his family as "Papa." Butch was preceded in death by his father and mother, Mateusz and Stephania Buczkowski and three siblings; Helen Doepel, Ceil Schwennesen and Ted Bennett. He was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Little Rock. He will be missed by all that knew him for his wide bright smile, moral, personal and professional character, quiet demeanor and faithful example as a child of God. Butch loved golf and was "self- taught", as he would say, but his golfing buddies quickly learned not to underestimate his game; that his calm demeanor was backed by four, hole-in-one trophys, which he attributed to luck. As told to his grandkids, Butch's business career started at nine years of age when he negotiated the sale of freshly dressed squirrel to the railroad engineers who had stops at the rail depot in Gospoda. Thereafter he had a long and successful career in finance and banking; retiring as Vice-President of Commercial Loans from First Commercial Bank in Little Rock, where he developed many personal friendships. After his second retirement he was asked by his dear friend and former client, Gerald F. Hamra, to become COO of Wendy's of Little Rock. It is, humorously known, that on Jerry's asking for his first loan that Butch told him "I've never heard of Wendy's". The meeting turned into a lifelong friendship and Wendy's became one of the most successful franchises in the country, as noted by Dave Thomas, Wendy's founder, and friend to both Jerry and Butch. The family will receive friends at Griffin Leggett Healey & RothFuneral Home at 5800 West 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas Friday (today) from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Chapel on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a private burial at Lakeside cemetery in Des Arc1 outside Gospoda, where his heart never left. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Merry Makers" at Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72207. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the 7th and 9th floor staff and hospice team of Baptist Hospital as well as the staff and friends at Briarwood Nursing Home in Little Rock for their gentle and loving care they have provided.


  • Visitation Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mr. Edmund L. Buczkowski

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July 5, 2014

Carole Felts Pool. I lived in the Oak Prairie community and I remember Mr. Edmund Buczkowski. He was a nice man. He was about the same age as my oldest sister, Aimee Felts who married and moved to Ohio. I remained in our hometown area of Des Arc.

Henry Broach

June 30, 2014

Butch will be remembered as a gentle person who always smiled, and I cannot recall ever seeing him manifest anger toward anyone. As a banker and an advisor, I know personally of his wisdom which always seemed to me to be of benefit. Aside from his personal goodness, I always felt he was one on he finest "curbstone" advisors, i.e., lots of horse sense gained over many years, I ever knew. I do not know of his formal education, but it seemed that his knowledge he shared was gained through practical living experiences. My feelings go out especially for Laura, wife of my long time business partner, Tim.

Brenda Gatlin

June 29, 2014

I worked for him at First National Bank in the Commercial Loan Department 37 years ago. I would get nervous typing up the loan contracts & he would come tell me to just take my time. He was a kind & considerate man. He gave me good advice when my first child was born. I know he will be missed. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the family.

Linda Ford

June 28, 2014

He was one of my favorite people of all times. I worked for him many years at First National Bank in Little Rock. He was my mentor and friend. Saw him a few times at Wendy's corp office years ago and had asked about him many times because he was dear to me. He was a very special person, compassionate to a fault. He always had a smile and you could tell when he was in deep thought. A great Godly man that this world can't replace. He will be so missed but his contributions to his family and friends will live on forever. My condolences to the family...I know he is a great loss. He will be in my heart forever...he made that kind of impact on everyone. Lovingly remembered....Linda Ford

Bill and Joanne Rausch

June 27, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. You are remembered in our prayers.

Bill and Joanne Rausch

June 27, 2014

Our deepest sympathy to all of you. You are remembered in our prayers.

Bill and Joanne Rausch

Joe and Donna Daven

June 27, 2014

Our prayers are with you. Mr. Butch leaves a great legacy that will live on through many future generations of his family. Such a great man, who will live on through the many memories cherished by his family.

Staff of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Funeral Home

June 26, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.