Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA


Ernest William Buckley

October 3, 1949January 3, 2020

Sergeant Ernest Buckley USMC October 3, 1949 – January 3, 2020

Ernest Buckley, 70, of Corona, CA passed away on Friday January 3rd, at his home in Corona.

Funeral services will be held 10am Thursday, January 23rd at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary with the Mr. Bob Davis, of St. Thomas Church, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Riverside National Cemetery at 11:45am. Arrangements are by Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary.

Ernest was an amazing Husband, Father and Grandfather. Born in the Bronx, New York to Jane and Theodore Buckley. He attended Theodore Roosevelt high school in the Bronx. He married the love of his life, Kathie, on October 22nd 1972 at Our Lady of Mercy Church in the Bronx New York. They relocated to California, were Ernest graduated from Cal Baptist University. He was the owner of Ameritech, in which he was a Salesman and Printer of high security documents for 50 years. Ernest was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the Marines and was awarded three Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. He was involved in Semper Fi Memorial Honor Detail.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Kathie; his daughters, Kristine and Jodi; son Bill with his wife Lisa, and his granddaughters that he adored more than anything Trevi and Capri. His brother Bill and his sister Jane Forte with her husband Bill. He is also remembered by numerous Nieces and Nephews that love talking with him and hearing his stories

Ernest will always be remembered for his infectious laugh, big smile and warm heart. No matter what the obstacles or challenge his motto would be; "No Problem". You will be missed beyond words, This world is a greater place for having known you. Until we meet again. We love you, good journey.

In lieu of Flowers, Memorials, if desired can be donated to: Semper Fi One, 16130 Red Pony Lane Riverside, CA 92504

The family of Ernest wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Mac McClain, and the Semper Fi Memorial Honor Detail.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AchesonandGraham.com for the Buckley family.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 23, 2020


Ernest William Buckley

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Steve Fisher

January 21, 2020

Kathy and the Buckley family, Ernie will be remembered for his generosity , great personality, and his can do attitude. He was a major part of making Semper Fi #1 what it is today as it's PAO.
I've attached a photo of Ernie that I used for a video I did of the Semper Fi #1 Vietnam veterans.

Rest in peace brother. SEMPER FI.

Bob Booten

January 20, 2020

Castell Rolle

January 19, 2020

There is an unspoken bond among the men and women who have served this great nation - words simply cannot express the depth of our respect and gratitude for those who willingly and cheerfully accepted this responsibility to protect and defend our constitutional rights and freedoms. May God bless you Ernest - may your memory always be a guiding light and shining example for supporting family and friends as we look toward the future of these great United States of America. Semper Fi, Ernest & Godspeed - Pastor Castell Rolle, Veteran Officer, USMC/CWO-4/Retired

Dean Hart

January 18, 2020

We just wanted to take a moment and extend our deepest condolences to this family and to offer up a spirit of joy in celebrating a life well-lived for a man who will clearly be cherished in the hearts of his friends and family forever. Thank you, Ernest, for your service and dedication - please accept our prayers and blessings to each and every one of you. --Dean & Tamra K

Dee Dee Rodler

January 16, 2020

I would like to express my condolences to the Buckley family. I met Ernie through the Semper Fi #1 team. Ernie was kind enough to offer help with the brochures for the Riverside National Cemetery Gold Star Family Monument. He spent many, many hours proof reading and assisting me with the details for the beautiful brochures that would not have been possible with out his expertise. He did not ask for anything in return and I will always be grateful to him. It was an honor to know him and work with him on this project. Rest in Peace my friend, you are one very special Marine!!! Dee Dee Rodler, Gold Star Wife of Capt. Gregg Rodler, USMC.

John Kaper

January 15, 2020

I first met Ernie at our 1st Bn 1st Marines Vietnam Veterans Reunion convention in August of 2105 in D.C. and immediately formed a friendship with Ernie. We both served in VN together and were in the same Charlie Co and both wounded on the same day and on the same operation. Besides being fellow Marines, I was struck with his incredible good nature, his great big smile, his pleasing personality, his generosity and his willingness to help others. His love of family, his service to his country and a true American patriot! He will be greatly missed...
Semper Fi Ernie

Leonard Roman

January 10, 2020

A FATHERS “FATHER” to his great kids and grandkids
To Me, he was just simply my Best and Closest Friend.
God only knows the unlimited number of memories that both our families shared.
The most infamous of course was BUCKLEY’s Soufflé at the BISTRO GARDEN on Rodeo Dr. Beverly Hills after Closing Ceremonies of the 84 Olympics.
Can't ever forget the trip to Vegas in my company’s Lear Jet and we left landing pattern to circle HOOVER DAM very low.
Going to Dinner Theater on New Year’s Eve in an Antique Rolls Royce.
VIP seats behind home plate to watch the Dodgers play.
The World Series, Rose Bowl and Super Bowl.
Losing his son Bill and my son Greg at Magic Mountain. Bill did right thing and found security.
An all day cruise from Los Angeles Harbor aboard the World War II Victory Ship, the LANE VICTORY.
Then in the matter of business, regularly Leaving Bowne LA , late at night for LAX with an SEC filing package & running to the gate screaming “Don’t Close The Doors”; “I need a First Class Ticket”. Remember you could buy a ticket at gate before TSA. Goal was to file docs with the SEC before the NYSE began trading for the day.
Chinese “take out” for New Years.
My daughter’s Wedding on the Queen Mary where a Banner was flown over their entrance saying “Congrats Ben and Kim”.
Do not forget about Bill & Lisa’s reception in the Pocono’s where Bill almost didn't make as airports were closed for a hurricane. No idea was missed. Ernie again “No Problem”.
Flying in my plane to Santa Barbara to enjoy Buffalo burgers. Other trips in my plane with Ernie were circling our houses and playing horseshoes at Catalina Airport.
Harbor trips in Ernie’s boat in San Diego, Sea World and Disneyland with our families.
Old friend, you are truly missed.