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Walter P. Buckley

December 25, 1924 December 27, 2018
Walter P. Buckley
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Obituary for Walter P. Buckley

Walter P. Buckley, 94, of Eureka and Bloomington, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Luther Oaks in Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018, at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, with Rev. Joseph Baker officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Normal. Visitation will be from 10:00–11:00 a.m., Monday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Epiphany Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Walt was born December 25, 1924, in Kewanee, the son of Leo and Veronica Matheis Buckley. He married Mary Brandt on April 26, 1952 in Fort Madison, IA. She survives.

He is also survived by four children, Richard (Cathy) Buckley of St. Louis, MO, Sharon (Jake Maring) Buckley of Algoma, WI, Linda Buckley of Chicago and Allan (Laura) Buckley of Normal; three grandchildren, Dan Buckley (Ashley Atchison), Lisa (John) Marty and Ben Buckley; two great-grandchildren, Evan and Jake; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

Walter was a child of the Depression, walking to his one room school in Sheffield six miles in the snow uphill both ways. He graduated from Sheffield High School.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, Walt served in WWII in the Pacific aboard LST 923. He tells of his service in the award-winning documentary, “A Sailor's Story.” https://bit.ly/2ENQL22

Walt retired from Caterpillar in 1982 after nearly 30 years. In retirement, he and Mary enjoyed many years of RV travel throughout the United States. He also was a longtime volunteer at OSF St. Joseph Hospital. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, he was thrilled by their 2016 World Series Championship. He could fix anything, and did.


Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

31

Dec

10:00 AM 12/31/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
Epiphany Catholic Church

1000 E. College Ave.
Normal, IL 61761

Epiphany Catholic Church
1000 E. College Ave. Normal 61761 IL
United States

Service

Monday

31

Dec

11:00 AM 12/31/2018 11:00:00 AM
Epiphany Catholic Church

1000 E. College Ave.
Normal, IL 61761

Epiphany Catholic Church
1000 E. College Ave. Normal 61761 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Holy Cross Cemetery Final Resting Place

Corner of College and Cottage Ave
Normal, IL 61761

Corner of College and Cottage Ave Normal 61761 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Epiphany Catholic Church

1000 E. College Ave.
Normal, IL 61761

Alzheimer's Association (Bloomington Regional Office)

207 S. Prospect Road
#1
Bloomington, Illinois 61704
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