OBITUARY

Peter Leukring Bucklin

October 15, 1934September 21, 2020
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Born 10-15-1934 in Philadelphia, PA, to Elizabeth "Bunny" Bucklin and Grenville "Buck" Bucklin. Attended Lakewood, Ohio schools K-12 and received DDS degree from The Ohio State University in 1960. Following two years as a dental officer in the US Army, attaining the permanent rank of Captain, Peter practiced at Detroit Receiving Hospital Dental Clinic for one year. He began his private practice in Lansing in May 1963 and retired in 2006. Peter served as Treasurer, Secretary, President-Elect, and President of the Central District Dental Society 1966-70, was President of the Russell W. Bunting Periodontal Study Club 1972-74, President of the Civitan Club of Lansing, life member of the NRA and Safari Club International, Board Member of the Capital City Rifle Club, and senior member of the Pope and Young Club. After his family and work, hunting, his hunting companions, the outdoors, the shooting sports, and the company of shooters were the most important things in his life. He was truly "watched over" to have survived the many "paths less traveled" he chose to take. Peter is survived by his children, Jon (Margie) Bucklin, Brad Bucklin, and Karen (Larry Mertes) Bucklin; and five grandchildren, Zack (Sharon) Bucklin, Joshua Bucklin, Bo Bucklin, Lily Bucklin and Zoe Bucklin. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Williamston Free Methodist Church, with visitation from 12:00 pm until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.grwilliamston.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

Memories

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Lynn Richardson

September 29, 2020

Seth Hootman and I spent many evenings at Peter's home, sharing hunting stories (often embellished or exaggerated), and often joined by others in the hunting community. Peter, along with Terry Braden, joined Seth and me for an elk/mule deer hunt on Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands off the California coast. The hunt was wonderful as we all were successful, but the best part was the company. Peter's dry sense of humor and quick wit, as well as his generosity of spirit, will be long remembered.

pamela j. mulvihill

September 26, 2020

Heartfelt wishes go out the Dr. Bucklin's family, may memories bind you together in love.

Beth Homan

September 24, 2020

My deepest condolences go out to your family. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad.

Beth Mitchell Homan

J Ronald Kaplansky

September 23, 2020

I will miss running with you and having you as my dentist

Bill White

September 23, 2020

Sorry on your loss. My prayers to you in this sad time. I remember one weekend Mr Bucklin took me rabbit hunting and talking and him giving me helpful hints in hunting. Prayers of peace for you all

Bill White

Lee & Kit Payne

September 22, 2020

Peter was quite a guy and a good friend of ours. He spent many nights with us and crawled out of his sleeping many dark mornings to hunt on our property (even though he had his own room with a bed and sheets...).

Peter would spend hour after hour waiting in his blind for a deer or turkey to arrive, and took quite a few. He often reminded us that he only ate meat that he harvested himself, hunting--while he was eating the double meat subway he had picked up on the way here.

We also enjoyed how much he appreciated the meals that we cooked for him and the discussions we had around the table about his kids and grandkids about whom was very proud, and about life in general and the meaning of words. Then he was off to bed so that he could get up in the dark and get situated for a long day's wait in the wild. What patience!

We will certainly miss him.
Lee and Kit Payne

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Biography

Born 10-15-1934 in Philadelphia, PA, to Elizabeth "Bunny" Bucklin and Grenville "Buck" Bucklin. Attended Lakewood, Ohio schools K-12 and received DDS degree from The Ohio State University in 1960.
Following two years as a dental officer in the US Army, attaining the permanent rank of Captain, Peter practiced at Detroit Receiving Hospital Dental Clinic for one year. He began his private practice in Lansing in May 1963 and retired in 2006.
Peter served as Treasurer, Secretary, President-Elect, and President of the Central District Dental Society 1966-70, was President of the Russell W. Bunting Periodontal Study Club 1972-74, President of the Civitan Club of Lansing, life member of the NRA and Safari Club International, Board Member of the Capital City Rifle Club, and senior member of the Pope and Young Club.
After his family and work, hunting, his hunting companions, the outdoors, the shooting sports, and the company of shooters were the most important things in his life.
He was truly "watched over" to have survived the many "paths less traveled" he chose to take.

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